Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Title: Ancient inn in St. Augustine regains Spanish heritage
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Title: Ancient inn in St. Augustine regains Spanish heritage
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Physical Description: Clipping
Language: English
Creator: Drane, Hank
Publication Date: 1959
 Subjects
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: VID00046
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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THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, JACKSONVILLE, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1959


MRS. BTH EXAMINES VARGUENQ-A DESK
Mtical instrument above is banduria.


SHADED PATIO (ABOVE) LOOKS RESTFUL AND INVITING
Dining room (inset) was known as the comedor.


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Old Spanish



Inn Regains



Its Heritage


STATUE OF PATRON SAINT SAN AUGUST
Hand-carved wood, it hangs on patio wall.

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lie knowledge but a firm deter-
mination to make the inn as au-
thentic as possible.
The restoration work started
abo"t 20 months ago and the
Baths decided the logical place
t.> go to gather information was
Spain.
Photograph. and measured
draninns of the building were
taken along for use in confer-
ences nith Spanish architects
and antiquarians in terfectng
plans for the restoration
"We received wonderful co-
operation in Spain." he said.
"because everywhere we went
we found people greatly inter-
ested in old St. Augustine "
Plans for restoration of the
S building were prepared in Spain
and carried out bv Boyd Par-
ker. a local contractor The
doors. shutters and notn uos
5 for the window grilles and
patio gates also were designed
in Spain but were fabricated at
a Jacksonville plant.
Bath said one of the most
famous antique dealers in Ma-
drid assembled furnishings for
the inn. The furnishings came
from the Spanish cities of Tole-
do. Seville. Granada, Barcelona
and Madrid.
More than 60 cases of furni-
ture were shipped to this
country to be installed In the
three bedrooms, kitchen, dining
room and passage rooms.
The patio for the building was
designed by Arthur F. Deam.
former head of the department
of architecture at the Unver-
IN sitv of Pennsylvania, who now
lives in DeLand.
Features of the patio are a
wood car\vng of the patron
saint San Augustin. for whom
S the city was named, which
stands in a niche in one of the
S walls, and a century-old Spapish
wellhead with coat of anrm..
In one of the rooms of the inn
hanss a portrait of Phlllip II,
who was king of Spain at the
time of the founding of St. Au-
gustine in 1565. Te poitrails
were copied by Jacinto del
Caso, a professor of art in Ma-
drid.
The inn is being used strictly
for exhibition purposes and Mr.
and Mrs. Bath are hopeful it
will encourage others to under-
take similar projects in the city.
S Mr. and Mrs. Bath have been
commended b,' both the city
and St. Johns County commis-
sions.
"A person with modest means
can accomplish a job of restora-
tion here," Bath said. "If 100
Other persons would undertake
similar projects. restoration'
would become a reality for St.
Augustine, rather than a
dream."


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