Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Title: Position on Sanchez/Demesa Restoration
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Title: Position on Sanchez/Demesa Restoration
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
Creator: Thomas, Craig
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
43 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
de Mesa-Sanchez House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 43 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.896429 x -81.313225
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091263
Volume ID: VID00009
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B7-L6

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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

new light.

Craig Thomson
Staff Architect
Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board

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