The house at 344 North Oak Avenue is known to locals as the Coquina House as the house is rumored to have been constructed of Coquina stone. This Mediterranean Revival house is unusual to the city and most of Florida because of its full attic and basement.
The house has recently been renovated on the inside.
The Coquina House
344 North Oak Ave
This residential structure was constructed in 1917 and is a contributing structure to the Orange City Historic District.
It represents a primarily Mediterranean Revival architectural style, which began late in the nineteenth century peaking in the 1920s and 1930s. The characteristics of the Mediterranean Revival architecture is similar to Spanish Revival architecture with low pitched roofs with broad over hanging eaves and covered with red clay brick tile while the walls of the structures are usually always stuccoed. This style is based on palaces and seaside villas which were built in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea becoming popular in California and Florida.
Originally the home was built by J.H. Bates and Sons, a DeLand contractor, for Hugh and Jane Murray, from Willimantic Connecticut. Bates and Sons where also busy constructing the Melissa Dickenson Memorial Library during the same time as this house at 344 North Oak Avenue.
The Murray's where prominent members of the community. After her husband's death, Jane became a winter resident of Orange City. She was known for her generous donations to the First Congregational Church of Orange City, which included an extension of the church sanctuary to house a donated organ and also a gift to build the parish house.