One Palafox Place


The Brent, Blount, Moulton and Marston Quina buildings are some of downtown Pensacola’s most historic landmarks.


After the 1905 Halloween night fire consumed the original buildings on the block, new buildings were commissioned by Francis Celestino Brent and William Alexander Blount. The Brent building was designed by architect Higdon Hawley and constructed by M. T. Lewman. The Blount building, originally known as the Blount Watson building prior to the fire, was constructed by Charles Hill Turner in 1906 for a cost of approximately $200,000.


The block was recently sold by the Rainwater family to the Switzer family who is bringing the block back to it’s original glory through a historic restoration and redevelopment transforming it into a new live, work, play community.


For further reading on this historic block, visit Wikipedia Brent Building and Blount Building.


John AppleyardThe Brent Block, 1990

Blount Building 1908

The corner of Garden and Palafox.
8×10 glass negative.

Blount Building 1912

The view is looking south from Garden Street.

Blount Building 1920

UWF University Archives and
West Florida History Center.


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