Side view of the Shrine
This is the view of the Shrine of St. Christopher that you see when you pull up in the parking lot on the north side. With staircases leading up on three sides, it's hard to overcome the urge to climb up for closer shots, but I resisted out of respect since they did post signs telling people they were only ornamental. Probably someone had fallen- children perhaps- so it became a liability. I'm actually surprised that no one walled off the shrine so you couldn't get this close! Many are deprived often because of the acts of a few.
I wish I had more information about this beautiful site to share with you, but I haven't had a chance to research it yet. I'm guessing it's been there for quite some time, since coquina stone hasn't been used in local architecture much for many decades. About the only thing you see anymore is decorative smatterings of the shell stones, strewn around gardens, or the occasional boulder serving as a backdrop for a sign.
Up until the 1930's, coquina which is stone formed from crushed shells, was used for many buildings because of its durability and beauty. The Daytona Beach Bandshell is made from coquina, as is our famous clock tower on the boardwalk. The most famous architectural structure in the state made of coquina is probably the Castillo de San Marcos- the large fort of St. Augustine. Construction started on the fort in 1672, and it has been standing, in use, or open to the public, until this day!
My best guess is that this shrine was constructed before the 1940's. There is an old church building to the right, and a modern one to the left. The older building is a traditionally styled, small, wooden, mission church, while the new sanctuary is modern in style.