HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE PRESERVATION BOARD
March 21, 1978
FROM: Bill Adams
SUBJECT: March 29 Board Meeting Subjects
We have a relatively spare agenda for the March 29 Board Meeting but it does
include several items that you may wish time to evaluate beforehand:
1. I am pleased to report that the Governor has reversed the recommendation
of the Department of Administration concerning the budget for this Board. He has
submitted to the Legislature a recommendation that the Board be allocated $27,000
from general revenue, in contrast to the $180,000 proposed by the DOA. Although
far short of what we requested, that figure represents an apparent reversal of the
decision to reduce the eventual allocation to $50,000. If approved, the $227,000
would constitute the first actual increase in general revenue appropriation to
this Board in six years.
2. At the February 8 Board Meeting you were presented architectural sketches
of the proposed exterior for the de Mesa Sanchez House (Old Spanish Inn). At the
March 29 meeting you will have to make a final determination of the exterior ap-
pearance. The alternatives are:
(a) A smooth white stucco finish with some distressing to allow blending with
(b) A subdued red stucco finish with scored ashlar markings.
Modified .renderings of the two-alternatives will be available for viewing.
It is our understanding that the rear portion of the existing structure be de-
We propose also to remove an external ivy-covered wall on the east part of the
yard that was built in the 1950's and also to remove a concrete block wall to the
south. The south wall must be removed to permit access for restoration work. It
*has no historical significance, albeit some charm. Its removal will enhance the
view of the building and premises from the Castillo.
We will also propose to remove two pecan trees in the yard to enhance visual
access from the Castillo. One of the trees is diseased.
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A disc ;s "un of the eventual interpretive use of the building will have to be
imaI at the Mo.V meeting. You will have various options to consider, including:
(a) rle ign" may be used as a house museum with static displays related to
Cl*,JLal St. Augustine, the house itself, or related subjects.
\) A *pl -ion of the building may be used for exhibit purposes showing the
.T.1ition of our restoration program.
c) I A.. a portion of the building may be exhibited as a living history
(d) A coll1,-ination of the above may be considered.