The Major Sherman Conant House
603 Emmett Street
The finest Queen Anne-style home in Palatka, this palatial residence was designed by Rufus Sargeant. It was built by Frank Hubbell between 1884-1886 for Sherman Conant, who was general manager of the Florida Southern Railway Company and the vice-president of Palatka National Bank.
In its original state, the house boasted gas lighting, an artesian well, and finishings of the finest woods and craftsmanship. There are fourteen gables with variously-sized dormers. The polygonal turret with its tent roof offers quite a magnificent view of the St. Johns River. An encircling verandah is enhanced with balusters.
The house has had many owners, and at one time, just as many of the larger historical homes, it had been converted into an apartment building. However, the Conant House story does have a happy ending. In 1991, Mrs. Pauline Pellicer purchased the Sherman Conant House and is restoring it to its original grandeur. She intends to operate a small bed-and-breakfast inn on the premises
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Last updated 03/27/02
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