Step into the enchanting embrace of the notable Upham Winter Cottage, a captivating Queen Anne Victorian nestled on a generous quarter-acre lot within the heart of St. Augustine’s cherished historic preservation district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1893 as a winter retreat for John J. Upham, a veteran of the Civil War and Plains Indian War, this remarkable home showcases the graceful blend of Queen Anne Victorian architecture with extraordinary examples of Moorish Revival in the courtyard arches. From its stunning original millwork and wood floors to its unique octagonal shape, this home will take you back to the splendor of the Gilded Age. Throughout the years, illustrious figures like novelist Henry James and artist Martin Johnson Heade have graced its halls, leaving behind echoes of their stories. Imagine the whispers of conversations held within the courtyard, the laughter that danced among the garden’s blooms, and the secrets whispered beneath the stars during magical evenings where tiny lights twinkled and live music filled the air. Over time, the cottage evolved along with the ever-changing tides of history. The original owners continuously added onto the property, building a ballroom, rooftop garden, and atrium. But the story of the Upham Winter Cottage didn’t end there. It was transformed to a multi-family property, and remained that way for a good portion of the 20th century until it was converted back into a single-family residence in the late 1980s. Many local residents who lived there throughout the years still share the fond memories they created in this magnificent home. From joyous Flagler Era galas to legendary Mardi Gras celebrations, The Upham Winter Cottage has been a witness to countless extraordinary events throughout the ages. Today, as you step foot within these storied walls, you become an integral part of the Upham Winter Cottage’s narrative. Embrace the opportunity to restore its grandeur and assume the role of its guardian, preserving the heritage of the past while crafting a new chapter in its history.
Updated on November 17, 2023 at 8:31 pm