Peña-Peck House/Spanish Treasurer’s House, 143 St. George Street
Now that your journey has brought you North of the Plaza, you are ready to experience the last of our 18th century Spanish colonial house museums.
The home of Spanish Treasurer Juan Estevan de Peña was built about 1750 as a one-story coquina stone structure. In 1763, when the British occupied St. Augustine, the building became the home for Governors John Moultrie, then Patrick Tonyn.
The property passed through a series of additional owners until 1837 when Dr. Seth Peck bought the property and constructed a second story for his family. Almost a century later, in 1931, his granddaughter Anna Gardner Burt died and donated the property to the City of St. Augustine to ensure its preservation.
The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine served as the steward for this house and now, nearly another century later, continues to operate the building as a museum and event venue. Perhaps equally important, the Woman’s Exchange has operated in St. Augustine for nearly 130 years fulfilling its mission of “Women helping Women.” The gift shop on the first floor of the building has handcrafted items that make unique gifts. Shopping there supports a local business and helps to give back to the local community.