Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Title: [property outline]
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Title: property outline
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
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: VID00068
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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a. one story stone houses

1. average value: b 328.8

2. median value: L 325

3. range: L 300-373

4. Stout house: I 300 (newly repaired house)

b. two story stone houses

1. average value: b 487.5

2. median value: L 425

3. range: L 300-800

2. In Stout sale to Sanchez, no mention of partial
upper story

e. roofed with shingles

f. use of structure

1. "A good dwelling house with convenient offices"

2. possibility of renting the town house, particularly
after influx of immigrants in the late British

g. house sold for one-third of its appraised value
due to depressed housing market during the transfer
of Florida to Spain

1. sale value indicates the good condition of the
structure since the majority of houses were sold
for (only one-quarter) of their value


A. 1784-1802

1. owner: don Juan Sanchez

a. employed as Chief Master Caulker of the Royal Works
with 420 pesos annual salary

b. born in Puerto Real, Andalusia, Spain

c. between 1767-79 married in Cuba to Maria del Carmen Castaieda


1. Castaieda born in St. Augustine in 1742

9 2. married Jose"Joaquin de Ortega (son of
S| Nicola's de Ortega, the Royal Armorer)
who later died in Cuba

3.- had one child from the first marriage

d. fathered w; girls) one born in Havana and the other
in St. Augustne

1. one married Tomas de Aguilar, an official from
the Governor's staff

e. purchased a 25 ton schooner (goleta) in 1787 which
carried cargo between Havana, St. Augustine, and

1. sold vessel in 1789

f. bought the(Rodrguez- ver o-Sc Hou (edgs ~
4Ietke) at pubic auction in791

1. enlarge the small coquina structure in the

2. Castaneda, as heir, sold the southern half of
lot to Juan Paredes in 1803 and the house and
lot to Pedro uucha 10 years later

g. value of Sanchez estate in 1803

1. 5815 pesos 1 real

2. owned 9 slaves

B. 1803-1832

1. owner: heirs of don Juan Sanchez

a. Maria del Carmen Castaneda, wife (inherited
one-half of estate)

b. Maria de los Dolores Sanchez and -Mar-a el Rosario
Sanchez, daughters (each inherited one-quarter of

C. Lot

1. Frontage

a. deeded frontage throughout Second Spanish
Period remained 33.0 ft. (12 varas)

b. actual frontage increased

1. 1784-1803: 42.8 43.3 ft. (Stout encroachment)

a. in 1791, Sanchez bought the 14\ vara
lot to the south from Jose'Peso de Burgo

b. the following year, Sanchez sold 10 varas
of this property to John Struder, retaining
3 3/4 varas (10.3 ft.) for himself

c. Sanchez' deeded frontage now measured 43.3 ft.
15 3/4 varas)

d. Sanchez thus purchased all and resold part of the
de Burgo lot for purpose of legitimizing Stout's
illegal encroachment

2. by 1802: 47 ft. (present size)

a. frontage on 1803 inventory: 46.5 ft. (17 varas)

b. such a measurement would suggest the disappearance of the
outbuilding to the south by 1803

c. neither Sanchez nor Castaneda, however, added the
3 3/4 varas Sanchez kept in 1792 to the deeded
12 vara frontage

-. When Castaieda sold the property in 1832,
the deeded frontage was listed at 12 varas

2. E W side

a. deeded E W dimensions throughout Second Spanish Period
remained 236.5 ft. (86 varas)

b. actual dimensions increased

1. between 1788 and 1803 Sanchez illegally enlarged his
lot to the east by approximately 21 ft. (8 varas)

2. by 1803, E W dimension: 257.5 ft. (94 varas)

a. remained 256 ft. until 1874

D. Structure

1. August 11, 1784 purchased Stout's property at public vendue
for 450 pesos

2. 1788: Rocque map and key

a. 3 room stone house with an outbuilding (kitchen)
to the east and a loggia to the south



b. 43% of all houses in St. Augustine in 1788 were
Constructed of stone

1. of which only 21% were listed in good condition

2. Sanchez house in good condition: one of the
better masonry structures in the early Second
Spanish Period

c. second floor over one of the first floor rooms, pro-
bably the westernmost room

d. presumably, Sanchez added this partial second floor

1. See section on Stout

3. 1791: Book of Mortgages

a. second floor completed over entire building, except
for outbuilding

b. roofed with shingles

4. 1803: Inventory and Appraisal

a. two story, L-shaped masonry structure with a naonr t
+mme one story detached kitchen and street balcony

b. appraised value of house and kitchen: 2380 pesos

5. Use of Structure

a. private residence until family left Florida in 1820-21

1. after Sanchez' death, his son-in-law, Tomas de
P Aguilar, was regarded as the head of household

C'1 -- a. in 1814, a total of 19 persons lived in the
structure including Aguilar, his wife and
I/, .6 children, Castaneda, and 10 slaves

b. enlargement of structure possibly related to Sanchez'
mercantile activities in the late 1780's

1. storage of supplies and merchandise

2. according to Vignoles (1823), the ground floors
were generally used as "store rooms (with)
the families living in the upper story"

c. Between 1793-94, the Royal Treasury and Treasurer's
quarters were located on the second floor

1. Treasurer: Juan Chrisostomo de Acosta


6. Possible enclosure .of detached kitchen

a. 1833 Anonymous map shows the structure with an
elongated E W orientation

b. Aguilar and Castaneda certainly had resources to under-
take the necessary construction


A. Owners

1. 1832

a. Lewis G. Melizet (Havana) and John M. Melizet (Philadelphia)
purchased property from Castaieda and daughters (Havana)
for $1,000

2. From 1832-1978 there have been 21 owners of the property

B. Lot

1. From 1803-1874 property dimensions remained 47 ft. N S
x 256 ft. E W

2. In 1874 the heirs of Mary Strischka sold the eastern 96 ft.
6 inches of the lot for $200

a. E W dimensions: 159 ft. (present site)

b. portion of lot sold to raise the $200 Strischka bequeathed
to her servant

3. Lot 6 assumed present N S and E W size by 1874

C. Structure

1. Possible enclosure of kitchen between 1835-1837

a. sale price of property increased from $1,000 in
1835 to $1,800 in 1837

b. property owned by James C. Lisk of New Baltimore,
New York

| 1. no biographical data uncovered

2. Sale price indicates that few property improvements were made
between 1844 and 1892

a. increased sale value after Civil War probably
reflects rising property values


6. Condition of structure

a. between 1873 and 1883 the house deteriorated into a
"dilapidated condition"

1. heirs of Strischka unable to "make a profitable
investment" in the property


A. Construction of Second Floor

1. Documentary evidence suggests that Sanchez added the entire
second floor between 1784-91

a. possible relationship between construction and mercantile

B. Enclosure of kitchen

1. Kitchen was enclosed between 1803 (Sanchez inventory)
and 1884 (Sanborn map)

2. Documentary evidence suggests two possible periods, both
- of which pre-date statehood

a. 1803-21: Second Spanish Period

1. house occupied by the 19 member upper status
Aguilar/Castaneda household

2. 1833 map shows elongated E W orientation

b. 1835-37: Territorial Period

1. 80 per cent increase in sale price over 2 year
period perhaps reflects considerable property

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