HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE PRESERVATION BOARD
April 28, 1982
TO: William R. Adams
FROM: Robert H. Steinbach 2-
SUBJECT: Justification for Peck Lease
It is accepted fact by the museum profession that one segment of their visitors would like
to tour the museum at their own pace and be selective in what they see, while the other
segment prefers the guided tour approach.
The recently instituted "guided tour" concept has proven effective in satisfying those
visitors who enjoy the second approach, however, it does not meet the requirements of
In order to meet this need, a modification of the current interpretative program is
proposed. This modification would allow us to offer the visitor the option of either a
staff-guided or selective, self-guided tour.
Previous attempts at the self-guided approach failed because of a lack of orientation and
the difficulty of the visitor in identifying which buildings on St. George Street were a
part of our program. The first problem has been solved with the conversion of the Ribera
House into an orientation center. The second can be resolved by locating all interpre-
tative activities on the east side of St. George Street and developing a marked pathway
through the interior of the block which would connect the various properties. While this
is not a new concept, it has, in the past been impossible to implement because of the
inability to gain an easement or passageway behind the Greek Shrine. This obstacle has
now been removed by the property owner to the east, Mrs. Peck, who has agreed to lease
the Board a 10 ft. wide strip across the westernmost part of her property. This will
allow visitors to move freely from the De Hita House to the De Burgo-Pellicer properties.
A self-guided itinerary would be as follows:
1) Visitor purchases ticket in Ribera and views orientation presentations. Exits out
Ribera House garden gate and crosses street to -
2) Gallegos House, where ticket is presented to the gatekeeper for admission. Daily life
activities are explained and demonstrated both here and in Gomez, then the visitor exits -
3) Out rear gate of Gomez, across the restaurant parking lot (vehicular access of which
will be limited to the hours of 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.) and into -
4) Blacksmith, De Hita, Gonzalez compound where various 18th century craft activities will
be explained and demonstrated, then -
5) Through the passageway behind the Greek Shrine, continuing across the rear of the De Mesa
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House and entering the -
6) De Burgo-Pellicer Houses where the current interpretative activities will be main-
tained, exiting to the north into the -
7) De Mesa House where an orientation and guided tour of that building will be offered.
This would conclude the"tour.
The visitor would, of course, have the option of bypassing those buildings which were
of little interest to him.