The following maps and surveys were consulted in the study:
1. Juan J. Elixio de la Puente 1764
2, James Moncrief 1765 (?)
3. Mariano de la Rocque 1788
4. D. Pedro Diez Berrio 1796-98
5. B. 'C. Clements Survey 1834
6. Gillmore Survey 1880
7. Insurance Map 1893
8. Official City Map 1923
9. Sanborn 1930
The first step in attempting to interpret the cartographic
material which is available was to establish a common ground
since we are dealing with three nationalities and two systems
A standard equivalent is normally used. This is 33.372"
(2.781') = 1 Spanish vara.1 This is a useful tool but is not
to be considered infallable. The following, in tabular form,
are the results of applying this equivalent to the problem.
nt 260' 8" 73' 0" 26' 10" (?)
It can be seen that there is a major discrepancy in the
length of the block on the Rocque map, as well as a general
lengthening through time. Since the Rocque map is considered
to be the most accurate of- the colonial series, it was necessary
to resolve the difference in the total block length.
When all of the colonial series are compared, one thing soon
becomes evident, namely the relationship between the southwest
corner of Block 5 and the buildings which comprise the Spanish
Accountancy across Charlotte St. In all instances the structure
which is on the SW corner of Block 5 is pretty much bisected by
extending the north wall of the north house of the Accountancy
It was therefore decided to construct a series of overlays
based on the Gillmore survey of'1880. This survey gives the
actual distance from the northeast corner of Block 10 to the
northeast corner of the Accountancy lot. (Treasury lot on
American surveys). A scale of 1" = 40' was selected and propor-
tional dividers were utilized to enlarge or reduce the available
Where distances are given,, such as in the Puente key, a new
equivalent was obtained by dividing the total number of varas
into the length of the block as per the Gillmore survey, so that
property lines could be established.
It is quite apparent from these overlays that the copy of"
the Rocque map in the Commission's collection contains a signifi-
cant error in its scale, as the relationship between the
Accountancy lot and the building on the southwest corner of Block
5 remains the same when all the material is reduced to a common
The following additional information was obtained from the
cartographic material studied.
1, Puente This map indicates a house in the southwest corner
of Block 5. Its long axis is orientated east and west. The
key which accompanies the map supplies this information:
Quadra P # 208
House of 'stone of the heirs of Manuel SerrAno
12 varas N-S, 12 varas E-W. '
2. Moncrief A house is indicated on the southwest corner of
Block 5. It is colored red which would indicate a masonry
structure. The name of the owner is written across the lot
and appears to be Mr. Brown. It appears to be basically
square in plan.
3. Rocque The building shown on the southwest corner of Block
5 is a simple rectangle with an interior partition dividing
the house into two rooms of almost equal size. The long axis
is orientated north & south. The accompanying key adds the
Block 17 # 133
House of masonry of Zone7 story, in bad condition of the.
4, Berrio The building in the SW corner of Block 5 is basically
a 'rectangle with slight protuberant on the NE corner. It
is colored red to indicate' masonry. The structure is marked
with the letter q. The key on the map states:
q. House of Dn Mariano de Lazaga.
The long axis is oriented north & south.
5. Clements No buildings are shown on this survey, however,
the names of the original owner and present claimant are
/ Original Peter Cacefacio
Present Daniel Halbert
6. Gillmore No structures shown. Useful only for total block
lengths and government owned lands.
7. Insurance map 1993 This area is shown as a vacant lot.
8. Official City Map 1923 No structures are indicated, but does
give written distances for all lots.
9. Sanborn 1930 Shows the American Legion Club Hq. on this
site. (This is the present structure).