Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Introduction to Block & Lot File
Title: Interpretive structures and sites [recommendations and considerations]
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 Material Information
Title: Interpretive structures and sites recommendations and considerations
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Introduction to Block & Lot File
Physical Description: Inventory
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
 Subjects
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine
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Bibliographic ID: UF00090497
Volume ID: VID00012
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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INTERPRETIVE STRUCTURES AND SITES









GALLEGOS HOUSE: 21 St. George Street (Block 7, Lot 1). Building constructed with masonry
walls, stucco on outside, plaster on inside. Structure of building is in good condition. Erected by
the Board in 1963.

MECHANICAL: None.
WIRING: one electrical box
PLUMBING: None. One water faucet in yard. X, -

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: replace built-up roof and front porch roof.

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: None

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Accessible

PRESENT USE: Interpretive structure

RECOMMENDED USE: Interpretive structure

CONSIDERATIONS: This structure along with the other properties within the Spanish Quarter
Museum north of the Greek Shrine will continue to be interpreted as part of 1740-1760 late 1st
Spanish Period with an increased emphasis on the presentation of activity of daily life within and
around each structure.


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GOMEZ HOUSE: 27 St. George Street (Block 7 Lot 1). Wood structure. Hand split shingled roof.
Lapped wood siding. Reconstructed by the Board in 1969.

MECHANICAL: No air conditioning 5 -- b
WIRING: One electrical plug -
PLUMBING: None

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Wood on sides of building damaged; split from sun needs some
replacement in near future.

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: None

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Accessible

PRESENT USE: Interpretive structure

RECOMMENDED USE: Interpretive structure

CONSIDERATIONS: This structure along with the other properties within the Spanish Quarter
Museum, north of the Greek Shrine, and will continue to be interpreted as part of 1740-1760 late
1st Spanish Period with an increased emphasis on the presentation of activity of daily life within
and around each structure.


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GONZALEZ HOUSE: 35 St. George St.(Block 7 Lot 4). Masonry structure; flat built-up roof.
Erected by the Board in 1977.

MECHANICAL: Central heat and air
WIRING: Adequate
PLUMBING: None

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Painting inside. Roof will need repair in the-near future

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: None

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Accessible

PRESENT USE: Interpretive structure

RECOMMENDED USE: Interpretive structure

CONSIDERATIONS: This structure along with the other properties within the Spanish Quarter
Museum, North of the Greek Shrine, and will continue to be interpreted as part of 1740-1760 late
1st Spanish Period with an increased emphasis on the presentation of activity of daily life within
and around each structure.
















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DEHITA HOUSE: 37 St. George Street (Block 7 Lot 4). Masonry Construction hand split
shingled roof. Erected by the Board in 1977.
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MECHANICAL: Air conditioning and heating unit in the attic in non-working condition
WIRING: Adequate
PLUMBING: None

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Painting inside

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: None

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Accessible

PRESENT USE: Interpretive Structure

RECOMMENDED USE: Interpretive Structure

CONSIDERATIONS: This structure along with the other properties within the Spanish Quarter
Museum, north of the Greek Shrine, will continue to be interpreted as part of 1740-1760 late 1st
Spanish Period with an increased emphasis on the presentation of activity of daily life within and
around each structure.


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NEW BLACKSMITH SHOP: 37 St. George Street (Block 7 Lot 4). Built in-house from old style
plaster-stucco mix; hand split shingled roof. Erected by Board staff in 1983.

MECHANICAL: MN.e ntraL heatcnaia uK & -"
WIRING: Adequate
PLUMBING: None

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: None at present

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: None at present

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Accessible

PRESENT USE: Interpretive structure

RECOMMENDED USE: Interpretive structure

CONSIDERATIONS: This structure along with the other properties within the Spanish Quarter
Museum north of the Greek Shrine will continue to be interpreted as part of 1740-1760 late 1st
Spanish Period with an increased emphasis on the presentation of activity of daily life within and
around each structure.


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DEMESA-SANCHEZ HOUSE: 43 St. George St.(Block 7 Lot 6). Two story masonry construction -
hand split shingled roof. Purchased by the Board from St. Augustine Restoration Foundation in
1977. Restored by the Board in 1980.

MECHANICAL: Central heat and air -
WIRING: Adequate
PLUMBING: One restroom

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: No immediate maintenance needs

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: None

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Funding requested for programing funds to provide alternative
interpretation of the second floor to those unable to walk up the stairs.

PRESENT USE: Interpretive structure

RECOMMENDED USE: Interpretive structure

CONSIDERATIONS: An interpretive plan for this structure, along with the other Spanish Quarter
Interpretive structures south of the Greek Shrine, is presently being developed that will utilize the
DeMesa-Sanchez House to interpret the changes in the house and in St. Augustine as the house
was added to during the British Period, the Second Spanish Period and the Territorial Period.


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PESO DEBURGO-PELLICER: 53 St. George Street (Block 7 Lot 7). Wood structure; wood shingle
roof; lapped siding on outside walls plastered walls inside. Erected by the Board in 1977.

MECHANICAL: Central heat and air
WIRING: Adequate
PLUMBING: None

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: replacement of outside siding bad condition from sun and weather
beaten.

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: None

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Funds requested for wheel chair accessibility

PRESENT USE: Museum-tore J5 c i, a -L ^S

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CONSIDERATIONS: By utilizing this structure, a reconstruction of the house built by two
Minorcan families in the 1770's, to interpret Minorcan life and cultural heritage St. Augustine, the
Spanish Quarter can extend its interpretive scope in the area South of the Greek Shrine. The
Board of HSAPB has already approved the relocation of the Museum Store to another location. It
is also recommended that the kitchen building on the North side be utilized as an interpretive
structure.


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GOVERNMENT HOUSE: 48 King St. This structure is made from many different materials. Two-
story with three levels of floors, masonry walls on the outside, old style tile roof on main part of
building; some flat built-up roofs on some parts of the building. All inside walls and basements
have steel and concrete supports from basement up to second floor, some walls are built from
hollow tile, furred out with wood stripping and wire lath and plaster on first floor. Floors on first
floor are built over steel beams and concrete, also 5" concrete slab then nailing strips over concrete,
then flooring nailed to the strips. Some parts of the building have terrazzo floors. Second floor
walls wood construction and plaster. Restrooms on first and second floors.

MECHANICAL: central heating and air in most parts of the building
WIRING: adequate although needs some upgrading in sections of the building
PLUMBING: sewer lines and water lines are as old as the building. All exposed piping needs to be
replaced.

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Only immediate maintenance needs is with the fire and safety
requirements. Repair to main structure roof.

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: An automatic sprinkler system is needed (Funds have been allotted for FY
93/94 to install fire/smoke detectors, alarms and automatic door closures and to install a portion of
the sprinkler system.) Future funds will be sought to complete the sprinkler system.

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Adequate, but ramp to first floor needs some modification to meet
present ADA Guidelines.

PRESENT USE: Office, storage, work rooms, library/archives, meeting facilities interpretive
(exhibit) areas.


RECOMMENDED USE: Office, storage work rooms, library/archives, meeting facilities,
interpretive/exhibit areas. The following specific areas should be utilized for public programs:

-keep the current exhibit and add discovery room areas as funding permits

-utilize the first floor east wing as an exhibit and program area

-utilize the main hall and south hall on the first floor as meeting areas and for exhibits and displays
to orient the visitor to the overall historical resources of St. Augustine and St. Johns County

-continued public access to Florida Site Files on Mezzanine office area and access to library and
archival materials on an appointment basis

CONSIDERATIONS: Because of its central location on the plaza and its historic significance as the
site of the residence of the Spanish Governors of Florida and its subsequent continued use for
government functions which continues to the present, it is recommended that the Government
House as well as its grounds be fully utilized with an increased emphasis on public programming.
The Government House is specified in Goal 2 Objective 2 as follows:






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Government House (continued)


Develop and maintain facilities and programs in Government House to provide an overview of St.
Augustine and to serve as an orientation center for explaining and understanding all of the
historical elements of St. Augustine and St. Johns County.


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SPANISH MILITARY HOSPITAL: 3 Aviles Street (Block 18 Lots 2 & 4). One and a half story
stuccoed coquina block structure. Erected by the Board in 1965.

MECHANICAL: Central heat and air that serves both up and downstairs
WIRING: Adequate
PLUMBING: Restroom facilities both up and downstairs '

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: No immediate needs

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: None

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Funds have been requested for w el chair accessibility.

PRESENT USE: Currently the first floor is utilized as an interpretive facility and the second floor
is rented out as an apartment.

RECOMMENDED USE: Interpretive facility on the first floor, residential rental unit on the second
floor.


CONSIDERATIONS: The Spanish Military Hospital is located south of the Plaza and serves to
"spread out" the interpreted area of St. Augustine and helps make the entire "walled city" area of
interest to visit.


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HENHOEFFER PROPERTY: 230 Charlotte Street (Block 30 Lot 3). Purchased by San Agustin
Antiguo Foundation in 1989.

MECHANICAL: N/A
WIRING: N/A
PLUMBING: N/A

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Grounds care

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: N/A

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: N/A

PRESENT USE: Vacant lot.

RECOMMENDED USE: Reconstruct well to just above the present ground surface; maintain grass
coverage on the rest of the lot and install interpretive signage and benches to create a small
"interpretive park." Site of possible future archaeological excavation.

CONSIDERATIONS: During archaeological excavation in 1990 a round coquina block well appeared
to date from the 17th century was uncovered. This section of St. Augustine was the site of 16th
century settlement. The Puente Inventory lists the site as being owned by the Brotherhood of the
Holy Sacrament.
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BEVILL PROPERTY: 33 Aviles Street (Block 25 Lot 2). Purchased by San Agustin Antiguo
Foundation, Inc. in 1989.

MECHANICAL: N/A
WIRING: N/A
PLUMBING: N/A

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Grounds care; more appropriate and attractive fencing

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: N/A

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: N/A

PRESENT USE: Vacant use

RECOMMENDED USE: maintain property as a open space for possible future use as an
archaeological excavation site or "pocket interpretive park".

CONSIDERATIONS: Disposal of this property at this time is not recommended because of the
likelihood of its increased future value for interpretive purposes or for sale or trade.


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RIBERA HOUSE: 22 St. George Street (Block 12 Lot 12). Two story building constructed with
masonry walls, stucco on outside, plaster on inside. Structure of building is in good condition.
Erected by St. Augustine Restoration Foundation in 1964. Swapped to Board in 1983 in exchange
for Benet Store.

MECHANICAL: central heat and air. New air conditioner to supply first and second floor.
WIRING: limited for building
PLUMBING: None

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: No maintenance needed in the near future other than painting.

LIFE SAFETY ISSUES: None

ADA COMPLIANCE STATUS: Acceptable

PRESENT USE: Kithn ildiniS as a rtist tuir- use and gro

RECOMMENDED USE: Redo the interior of the kitchen building to contain a catering kitchen and
handicap accessible restrooms. Utilize the house as "open store" exhibit of Spanish decorative art
items that could also be used along with the grounds for special event programs and celebrations, as
well as rented out for receptions and social events.

CONSIDERATIONS: While it did not seem presently feasible to operate this property as a
separate staffed house museum, this property does lend itself to be utilized to fulfill Goal 3
Objective 7 of the 1993 Master Plan. (To "celebrate the Spanish Heritage of the Americas".) Its
location across the street from the Spanish Quarter Museum also serves to give a larger presence
in this section of St. George Street to public programming activities.


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