Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Title: [Letter to William Adams re restoration of de Mesa-Sanchez house]
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Title: Letter to William Adams re restoration of de Mesa-Sanchez house
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Physical Description: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Shepard, Herschel E.
Publication Date: 1978
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: VID00020
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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August 14, 1978


Mesa-Sanchez House

for the appointment of this firm
the referenced project. We look
d, and your staff during the com-

ewed the historical and archaeolo-
y your staff, and I have re-examine
the selective removal of interior
an document the major stages of th,
y. Two of the later stages of de-
the house as it appeared in 1803,

renting on St. George Street is sik
Ire. The height, length, and roof
period, although the balcony, wind,
.shes have been extensively altered
'e, however, bears little exterior
i. In 1803 the south rooms of the
irst floor and an open balcony on
.ony returned across the east face,
hinting on St. George, and the stair
. of the balcony. Furthermore, the
kitchen; the kitchen was a one-st
interiorr door, no doors, windows, o
in this wing from the 1803 period.



Mr. William Adams, Director
Historic St. Augustine Preservat
Post Office Box 1987
St. Augustine, Fla. 32084
RE: Restoration

Dear Mr. Adams:

Please accept my sincere appreci
to provide professional services
forward to working with you, the
pletion of this important project

Within the past two weeks I have
gical research made available to
the structure of the house follow
finishes. It is my opinion that
development of the house with ac
velopment are of particular cone
and as it appeared ca. 1830-40.

The portion of the present build
lar in appearance to the 1803 st
structure remain unchanged from
doors, and interior and exterior
The east wing of the present str
resemblance to the 1803 configur
east wing were an open porch on
second floor, respectively. The
rear, of the wing of the building
was probably located at the sout
second floor did not extend above
detached structure. Except for
exterior or interior finishes re

is very strong evidence that the east wing had been altered to its pre-
sent appearance by this time. Most of the present doors, windows, and
interior finishes date from this period.

Following completion of initial research last year, I recommended to
the Board that the building be restored to its configuration of ca.
1874-93 because documentary evidence from that period was extensive, and
because there was strong evidence that the appearance of the building at
that time had remained unchanged since the early 19th Century. The struc-
tural members that have been revealed by recent demolition and other docu-
mentary evidence suggest that the building was indeed altered in ca. 1830-
40, although a more definite date is impossible to determine at this time.
I believe a laboratory analysis of the red stucco will be of considerable
help in establishing the date with greater certainty.

In conclusion, I wish to repeat my recommendation that the building be
restored to its ca. 1830-40 (or 1874-93) configuration. This action would
result in the preservation of the remaining fabric of not only an impor-
tant Second Spanish Period structure, but a noteworthy Territorial struc-
ture as well. Furthermore, I believe the building should be interpreted
as a Territorial building, but with the changing evolution of the building
made an important element in the interpretation. The 1830-40 changes made
to the building were profound, because the Territorial way of life was
quite different from that of the Second Spanish Period. It is my opinion,
therefore, that it would be very difficult to relate the 1830-40 configu-
ration to the Second Spanish Period by interpretation.

Please advise if this recommendation is acceptable to the Board at your
earliest convenience. If this recommendation is not acceptable, we must
redefine the scope of restoration required. Therefore, I will delay the
beginning of construction drawings until I receive your reply.

Thank you for your interest and cooperation.

Sincerely yours,

Herschel E. Shepard.

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