Built in 1810, the Quina House is Pensacola's oldest surviving house still located on its original site. The historic home is furnished with pieces dating from 1790 through the 1880s with noteworthy items such as a horsehair-cloth sofa and footstool circa 1830, a pine pembroke table circa 1820, a quilt made in the Wandering Drunkard's pattern, and a sleigh bed circa 1830. These are just a few of the many interesting artifacts you will see as you tour the home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The house was built of local pine, cyprus, and oak resting on slave-made brick piers. A double fire chimney rising in the center of the apron roof is a typical Spanish effect. Even the butterfly roof made by the attachment of the kitchen to the main building has some Spanish Colonial background. The building also features a flat board siding across the front, typical of early 19th Century Pensacola, twin front doors with large shuttered windows, and four handhewn round columnettes which form a portico across the house front. The same porch railing is found in Louisiana and St. Augustine on late 18th Century and early 19th Century porches built by the French and Spanish.
Dr. Desiderio Quina purchased the house in 1821 and married Margarita Bauve (Bobe) in St. Michael's Catholic Church. The couple had seven children. Dr. Quina ran Pensacola's first known apothecary shop.