Seville Square is the cornerstone for the Pensacola Historic District and the Seville Square Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features a gazebo which is popular for weddings and other small gatherings, as well as benches, walking path and public art. Seville Square is home to some of the biggest festivals of the year, including the Pensacola JazzFest, Pensacola Seafood Festival and Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. With plenty of shade and a cool breeze off the Pensacola Bay.
Seville Square was the location of a 1752 outpost originally known as San Miguel. When the British took control of Pensacola, the area was laid out as a public square by Elias Dunford in 1764. The square originally extended from Palafox Street to Alcaniz Street and from the bay to Intendencia Street. When the Spanish assumed control again in 1813, the square was designated a public plaza and named for Seville Spain.
Early modern use of the square was as a ballfield and playground. The ballfield and playground were relocated in 1966 and a gazebo was constructed in preparation for the first “Evening in Old Seville” sponsored by the Pensacola Heritage Foundation. The event was briefly discontinued in 1972 but would be revitalized in coordination with the Galvez Bicentennial celebration in 1981. The event continued on again and was organized by various organizations until 2015.