North Avenue is a thoroughfare on the grounds of Naval Air Station Pensacola that is home to many of the base's oldest and most historic buildings.
Currently there are numerous homes left on North Avenue, as well as a unique octagonal structure that is the only totally surviving building of the burnings from the Civil War. It was spared burning from the Armies due to its state as a Naval Chapel, however, its basement did serve as an armory. Today it is one of the legal offices for the Navy.
Captains Quarters, Quarters 8
History and BuildingThe first building that is seen on North Avenue, as one heads east, is the Captain's Quarters on the left side of the road. These quarters are also referred to as Quarters 8. The present day home dates back to around 1904, however parts of the home can be traced by to pre-Civil War era
When the Confederates left the Navy yard in 1862 they burnt many buildings in the Navy Yard to prevent use of them by the Union. Quarters 8 fell to this fate. The only remaining part of Quarters 8 is the kitchen which present day sits to the East of the home. However, pre-Civil War the kitchen was on the West side of the home. The home itself is 4,319 square feet and had a price tag of $7,442.00. The home contains 11 rooms, two kitchens, one dining room, two living rooms, four bathrooms and a large porch.
UsesPrior to its destruction by the Confederates it served as the Secretary to the Commandants residence. In 1868 it resumed its duties as the Secretary's residence.
Before the base closed for the first time in 1911 records show that the home was the residence of the Pay Clerk. From 1914, when the base was re-opened, to 1955 the home was used to house the Supply Officer and his or her family. Within a few years, however, it became the residence of the Chief of Staff for the Naval Air Basic Training Command, primarily a Captains billet. Today it is used primarily as a residence for any Captain stationed aboard NAS Pensacola.