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
Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board