The Barcelona In the 1870s Henry Ball constructed a residence that was located on Valencia and Sevilla Streets. In 1885 Henry Flagler purchased the house.
The Barcelona was located near the Union Depot, Memorial and Grace Methodist Episcopal, North Church on the corner of Carrera and Seville Streets. It was the Ball mansion moved, enlarged and remodeled. Miss R. E. Hasseltine was the manager in the 1890s. It had baths, gas, hot and cold water on each floor.
The 1891 Tatler stated: "When the beautiful Ball mansion was moved to its present site and added to, making it a handsome family hotel of fifty rooms at the request of its present efficient manager, Miss Hasseltine, her friends were alarmed for her, thinking she would never be able to fill so large a house, and now after two successful seasons, eight more rooms have been added by Messrs. McGuire & McDonald. The house is delightfully located; has a broad, open country on either side, giving magnificent views.
The house has baths, gas, hot and cold water on each floor, broad halls and large parlors and dining rooms, and is appreciated by the public, for it always has its complement of guests."
In 1895 the Tatler reported: "The Barcelona is one of the pleasant hotels in St. Augustine, beautifully located in the new part of the city, near the Union Depot, the Memorial and Methodist churches,. It wars an air of quiet elegance, due, in a degree, to its being a handsome private mansion, enlarged and remodeled without losing its beauty. Its entrance, hall, staircase and parlor are models of their kind; the dining-room commodious and pleasant, the guests' chambers are delightful, with pretty outlooks and modern furniture; an excellent cuisine is maintained, with good service. Miss Hasseltine, the proprietress, is well known to visitors to this city for a score of years as a hospitable, capable manager, endeavoring to secure the comfort of every guest."
In 1899 the Tatler wrote about the Barcelona: "The Barcelona maintains its popularity with its old-time guests and continues to receive additional new ones, who also become identified with the cosy family hostelry. Its location, north of the Ponce de Leon, and amid the churches, makes it a quiet retreat. Its rooms, table and service are equal to the desires of the most exacting patrons. The arrivals during the past week include: Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Poland, the gentleman being one of Cincinnati's distinguished lawyers, Mrs. Henry Verhage, and Miss Clara Verhage, mother and sister to Mrs. Poland, who are of social prominence in Cincinnati, O.; Mr. John Blachi, broker and banker, and his wife, and Mrs. Geo. Widmayer, of the Greater City, who is of the Barcelona's favorite season's guests. Mr. and Mrs. Albert S. Brown. Worcester, Mass.; Mrs. Edward S. Backus, Mrs. R. C. Leavitt, of Minneapolis, Minn.; W. H. Dorance, Camden, N. J.; Omer Metcalf, Providence, R. I., and Miss Carrie E. Williams, of Detroit. Mr. Metcalf, and S. Fairwell, of the J. V. Farwell Co., of Chicago are to leave for their respective homes next week, thus ending a delightful season spent at the Barcelona. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. W. Roberts left for their home in Morristown, N. J., on Wednesday, to the regret of their friends.
Mr. E. N. Pearce, who has for the past several years been a most valuable aid to Miss Hasseltine, will return to Asbury Park, N. J., at the end of the season."
In 1904 Miss A. N. Blair was the proprietor. R. E. Hasseltine was still in charge. The hotel accommodated 70 with rates from $2.00 to $2.50 per pad or $10.00 to $18.00 per week. It was open from November to May. Located two blocks from the station it had all modern improvements with a good family table.