Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 - Lot 5, Greek Shrine
Title: [Letter to Ernest Villas re the restoration of the Minorcan chapel]
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Title: Letter to Ernest Villas re the restoration of the Minorcan chapel
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 - Lot 5, Greek Shrine
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: Steinbach, Robert H.
Publication Date: 1970
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Bibliographic ID: UF00090509
Volume ID: VID00027
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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15 September 1970

Mr. urnest Villas,
Director of Laity,
Greek Archdiocese of North
and South America
c/o Mrs. George potieu
28 Cadiz street
St. Augustine, pla. 32084
Dear Mr. villas,
Mrs opetiou has requested that I write you concerning the
necessary steps involved in the restoration of a colonial building
such as the Mlnorcan Chapel on St. George St.
Over a period of years we have established a sequence of
operation in regards to any historic site for which restoration or
reconstruction is contemplated. Ihe first of these is an indepth
study of all documentary and cartographic information available on
the site. The Minoroan Chapel site has been relatively well cover-
ed and synthesized in goribano, October 1963, No. 49. The
second phase would involve a cop"ete archaeological investigation
of the site ingqueste in n order to determine the physical sise of
the structure, any alterations that might have taken place, as well
as supplying information relative to the inhabitants via their
cultural remains which are usually recovered during the eeurse of
work. Following the arhaeological investigation, a correlation
between these findings and the documentary information is made and
preliminary plans are drawn up showing the evolution of the build-
ing through time.
Should a restoration or eeonstruetion be anticipated, the
next step would be the engaging of a qualified architect who, work-
ing in conjunction with the research staff, would compose a met of
working drawings for the actual restoration or reconstruction.
I hope this brief outline will help failiarise you with the
steps necessary in a restoration of an historic building, It is
the policy ef this state Restoration Board to assist both private
and public groups in the restoration and planning stages of any
authentic restoration within the historic district. This is
*.nerally on a cost free basis with the exception of any common
casual labor needed to perform the archaeological excavations

15 September 1970

and artifact proooessing. I I can be of any assistance please do
not hesitate to call on oe.


R. N. Steinbaeh
Director of Researoh
oc Mrs. George potiou
Mr. Be Brower
Mr. V. F. Rolleston

P. S. Enclosed is a xerox copy of a part of a 1765 and 1788 aap
of this area. You will notice that in both instances the aroes
hatched building is U-shaped as opposed simple rectangular form
at present. These aps cover the period ehon the structure wao
used as a Minorcan Chapel and has been included for your perusall,

Mr. Ernest Villas

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