this lively new tone into other area's of
city business, namely the preservation of
the historic character of St. Augustine.
"History is big business here,"
observes Bill Daniell, 30-year resident
and businessman in the city. In his time,
he has watched the state get involved in
the restoration business, he has observed
the development o'f the "preservation
area," and he has very definite ideas
about the right and wrong of it.
Rachel Welch is an architect who,
together with her lawyer husband,
James, moved to St. Augustine to build a
LA UNICORNIO MORADA, a splen-
did home in the style of the Second
Period Spanish (1783-1821). She too has a
firm vision of the potential of St.
Augustine' heritage. "We must restore a
quality called HISPANIDAD." She
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that its architectural treasures not
become dead archaeological sites."
Both of these people have enjoyed
their self-imposed status as "gadflies,"
working behind the scenes to influence
and guide the bureaucratic workings that
shape the city's historic preservation.
Now, abruptly, both have been thrust
into the forefront of affairs as the city
commission has appointed them to va-
cant seats on the Historic Architectural
Review board (HARB), a committee
that watchdogs the changes occurring not
only in the "walled city" but in all
historically sensitive neighborhoods.
Neither of them was totally delighted
with the appointment, though neither
felt they could refuse. "My husband said
I had no right to turn it down," smiles
nations in the city's appearance.
When a local architect offered a design
for a duplex in the characteristic St.
Augustine style with wooden balconies
and shuttered windows, both objected to
the arched-double-doors that would
serve as garages on street level. (There is
no precedent for such arched doors in
the city's old homes.)
Daniell wanted to commend the
owners for their effort to conform with
the proper style, but he observed that
historical accuracy is a critical factor in
the old section. "When you come into
the walled city, you are joining a very ex-
clusive club and you must pay your
Mrs. Welch suggested that the garage
space be used for another apartment.
"You can say that the car is here, and
Iplt' face it." she noted. "But the car is
not here in an historical area.
They have strong feelings about the
"walled city" area (the fortified segment
of the town during the Spanish colonial
period). Daniell, who restored his
Rodrigues-Avero-Sanchez House in 1957
when "St. George St. was a slum area
with a high rent of $12 a month," hopes
to see a return of emphasis to the "St.
This phrase has a very specific mean-
ing in his mind. He sees this as "the only
truly American city" where Spanish,
British and French influences are melded
into a unique style. He cites the amazing
accomplishments of unskilled workmen
using unfamiliar native materials. "The
workmen did not know you could not
spirit in the
Augustine in 1!
may not seem
the oldest city
stand in the wa'
even the State
board is introdi
the touristy do,
Daniell can I
walks down St.
eye. "We goinv
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Washington, D.C. Daniell's commit-
ment is virtually ancestral as his grand-
father Col. Robert Daniell, later the
govern of South Carolina led Moore's
Seige of St. Augustine in 1702. (The
troops were transported in the sailing
Though neither of them solicitced
their new role in the architectural guar-
dianship of the nation's oldest city, both
ard determined to meet the challenge. As
Daniell puts it, "We want to educate the
people as to the true history of St.
Augustine, as to what they have. We
want to take preservation out of politics
and put the history back into