The new Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront would be built on the site of the abandoned Monson Motor Lodge, the site of an infamous 1964 civil rights protest. Before construction could begin, the existing structure had to be demolished, and the historic ground on which it was built had to be excavated.
It was obvious from the beginning that a standard hotel design would not be suitable for this facility. Instead, a Spanish Colonial architectural design was selected. The "hollow-square" design consists of 19 separate buildings set around an inner courtyard and connected by an interior corridor. The 72-room facility features wooden balconies, cedar shake, tile roofs, and different elevations and color schemes.