A black and white watercolor drawing of St. George Street.

A Tale of Two Ortegas

Have you ever been to the Hyppo on St. George Street? Way before they were serving us all deliciously cold pops, it was the home of the Ortega family!  If you've been following along this month, you know how vital the de la Puente map is to our understanding of Spanish colonial St. Augustine and …

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A black and white photograph of a man installing rejas on Ortega House in 1968.

Rejas: Florida’s 16th Century Home Security System

Have you ever walked around in the historic district of St. Augustine and wondered what those strange window coverings are? You'll find them on the Hyppo on St. George Street, on homes near the Oldest House, and even on some of the restaurants in the Colonial Quarter. They're called rejas. They're a Spanish architectural feature …

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