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I s .The "pinking"of St. George Street.
by Robert C. Swart
Th torist'sgae, moving down the ovation organization in that famous Mas- made over the years, but it was the original and reconstructed historic buil
picturesque street lined with a score of sachusettstown. Since the house had earliest bottom ayer the pink that ings of St Augustine is well kn
historic houses, fell uponthe one struc- previously featured a typical New Eng- drew everyone's attention. In his report visually, but not well document.
tur whose striking color broke the land beige, the transformation caused tothe board Welsh, having analyzed the Future research is needed t un
thread of traditional facades. So strong some raised eyebrows, but as a spokes- chips microscopically, characterized the the range of hues, their e:;theti
was the color and so unlike those of its man for Historic Deerfield said, it was an color as "moderate yellowish pink" d sources how widespread w the
ore servative neighbors -that it "important authentic color worthy of assigned it a numerical designation and in what time periods. Out
seemed like a side show mistakenly left documentation and exhibition. based upon the Munsell international controversy, we believe, shoud
ndby a passing carnival Who was Recently, here ithe nation's oldest color system. The Preservation Board newunderstanding abt th
for painting the house that city, the Historic St. Augustine Preser- based the actual paint mixture applied to St Augustine's early arch tur
colorvation Board faced, local criticism for the building on that numerical designa- Robert... Steatisth u
Historic Deerfield, Inc. the sign said. stuccoing and painting pink the De tion. curator for the Historic St.A
There, alonga one-mile stretch of some Mesa-Sanchez House, long-known as The use of pink and red colors on the Preservation Board.
one on f the finest 18th century houses in, the Old Spanish Inn, on St. George
e icne f the earliest, 'the Wells- Street.
had een repainted bril- Choosing the cOlor was not a process
l b te r peser- of shopping'through samples at-the local
paint store. A historic paint consultant,
SFrank Welsh of Bryn Mawr, Pennsyl-
terior finishes. Welsh confined his in-
vestigation of the exterior primary 'to
the 1830's, which was the time period
chosen by the board for restoration ..
Paint scrapings showed the. changes