FISHER & SHEPARD / ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS INC
December 20, 1977
Mr. Robert H. Steinbach,
Director of Research & Interpretation
Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board
Post Office Box 1987
St. Augustine, Fla. 32084
RE: De Mesa-Sanchez House Restoration, St. Augustine, Fla.
This is to confirm the conclusions reached during our recent conferences at your
office and this office.
1. Archaeological, documentary, and field research is sufficiently complete
and consistent to enable us to determine the major sequences of construction
with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Future research in the field will attempt
to resolve specific questions not yet answered.
2. It is our opinion that the building should be restored to its appearance ca.
1890 for the following reasons:
(a) Most of the visible fabric of the building dating from ca. 1803-ca. 1890
remains in place.
(b) Those areas of the building which have been modified since ca. 1890 can
be restored with a high degree of accuracy due to the existence of considerable
documentary evidence- .I
(c) All present evidence indicates that the ca. 1890 exterior appearance
of the building is essentially the same as described in the 1803 appraisal; that
is, as modified by Sanchez between 1788 and 1803 during the Second Spanish Period.
(d) The exterior appearance of the building will be in keeping with adjacent
3. The presentation to the Board on January 26, 1978 will consist of the follow-
(a) A short slide presentation documenting the sequences of construction,
including sketch floor plans and copies of early photographs.
(b) Perspective sketches demonstrating the restored appearance of the build-
(c) A statement that it is proposed to use both floors interpretively.
(d) A description of the scope of proposed restoration, including architec-
tural, mechanical, and electrical modifications.
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(e) A schematic cost estimate.
(f) Stucco samples prepared by your office.
4. The entire restored building will be heated and air conditioned. Each floor
will be served by a separate system, consisting of two water-cooled heat pumps
served by a single well. First floor ducts will be below grade; second floor
ducts will be located in the attic. The system will conform to the schematic
diagrams prepared during our conference on 14 December, 1977.
If any of the above conclusions are incorrect, please advise at your earliest
Herschel E. Sheard.
DEC 21 1977
Historic St. Augustine
ereservatiQn Board Research Dept.