Aviles Street in St Augustine Florida is the oldest street in the nation and an original art district as well as the location for an early church, cemetary, a jail, hospitals, boarding houses and schools. Through the years there have been alot of stores and memorable people selling their wares. Later in the 1960's it was the original location of the Tradewinds Bar. Aviles Street was renovated a few years ago with help from the city and was made sidewalk cafe friendly and now is the home to bar and restaurants with sidewalk seating.
Across the street from the General Kirby House, which is now the home to the Historic Society is the Hamblen- Holiday Building. Built between 1864 and 1885, the building is actually 2 warehouse buildings used by Hamblen Hardware that were joined together and renovated into studio spaces. This building now houses retail spaces on Aviles Street and Charlotte Street and artists' studios on the 2nd and 3rd floors. In the 80's the building housed the Aviles Street Restaurant serving Swedish Pancakes and Comachos serving Cuban Fare were popular places to eat.
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Welcome to Aviles Street, St Augustine, Florida, the oldest street in the USA. The original artist district, rich in history, Aviles Street is home to the 11 Aviles Street Arts and Craftsmen Guild at Hamblen- Holiday House which includes Candidas Closet, Joel Bagnal Goldmith, Bouvier Maps and Prints, Dan Holiday Leather, Georgia Nick Gallery, Aviles Gallery and P.A.St.A Gallery as well as Artist Studios on the 2nd and 3rd Floor. On this ancient picturesque street explore many historical museums, a historic well and shops with all styles of art and jewelry, unique antiques and ghost tours, restaurants, bars and peace pies. Located in the heart of Old Town, look for the archway near the South-east section of the plaza and the authentic cobblestone street.