DeMesa-Sanchez House - Position on Sanchez DeMesa Restoration (2 pages)

DeMesa-Sanchez House - Position on Sanchez DeMesa Restoration (2 pages)


Material Information

DeMesa-Sanchez House - Position on Sanchez DeMesa Restoration (2 pages)
Series Title:
Herschel Shepard Project Files
Physical Description:
Shepard, Herschel ( donor )
Physical Location:
Folder: 7704 DeMesa-Sanchez House


Spatial Coverage:
North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- St. Johns -- St. Augustine

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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Full Text

POSITION on Sanchez/DeMesa Restoration

Points of concern in the current direction of the restoration project.

1. It seems extremely premature to set a program for restoration or

preservation for the DeMesa/Sanchez structure at this time. This

is due mainly to the current status of the unfinished research

on the-structure itself and also the lack of understanding as to

how this structure will fit into our interpretive program.

2. Any strict preservation position taken on this structure would seem

in direct conflict to the goals and guidelines set forth in the

Master Plan. Those being -

a. The desired dates of interpretation falling between


b. That the Spanish Inn was intended to be utilized as a

"house museum reflecting the life of a relatively well to do

individual" during that period.

3. Beyond these Master Plan objectives, it is my personal concern and

professional observation that, such a strict preservation approach

to the DeMesa/Sanchez structure as proposed by Mr. Shepard would

significantly detract from the Spanish colonial theme adopted for this

area of St. George St. by the board and developed by this agency over the

last 15 years.

4. If indeed at this point,of time the board decides to take a strict

preservation position on the restoration of the Spanish Inn, then the

whole concept of San Augustin Antiguo, as a restored 18th century village

comes into question. Such a precedent would establish the need for

reassessing goals and policy of our current Master Plan and the City


of St. Augustine Zoning ordinance and all future plans for restoration,

preservation and new construction undertaken within the historic

preservation districts of St. Augustine should be viewed in this

new light.

Craig Thomson
Staff Architect
Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board

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