Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Title: Preliminary historical report on the DeMesa - Sanchez (Spanish Inn) site
Full Citation
Permanent Link:
 Material Information
Title: Preliminary historical report on the DeMesa - Sanchez (Spanish Inn) site
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
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00091263
Volume ID: VID00079
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B7-L6

Full Text
Preliminary Historical Report on the DeMesa-Sanchez
(Spanish Inn) Site
B-7, L-6, At. Augustine, Florida
Without Chain of Title Appended


A. 1763

1. Owner: Antonio de Mesa

a. employed as Shore Guard, a minor position
in the Royal Treasury

b. born in Veracruz, Mexico

c. married in 1746 to Geronima Santollo of
St. Augustine

d; fathered 7 children, 4 girls and 3 boys

e. went to Havana, Cuba in 1763 with his family

f. died in Havana before 1770

2. Lot

a. 1 varas N-S x 71 varas E-W
(31.6 ft. x 195.2 ft.) one vara = 33 inches

b. bounded on south by tabby house owned
by infantryman Lucas Escovedo on a lot
measuring 18 varas x 71 varas

(1) section of tabby structure located today
on Lot 6: see expansion of lot to the
south in 1835 & 1874 (total = 15.4 ft.)

3. Structure

a. stone house

(1) construction materials of all houses in St.
Augustine: 36% stone, 41% tabby, 23% wood

b. rectangular

c. one story

II. British Period (1764-84)

A. 1764-1768

1. owner: William Walton

a. head of William Walton Co. of New York City
Appendix 1 1

(1) export company contracted to supply St.
Augustine from 1726-1754

(2) earned 200,000 pesos annually from Florida

(3) citizens of St. Augustine contracted debts
of over 25,000 pesos with company by 1763

(4) Jesse Fish served as factor for the company
in St. Augustine at end of First Spanish Period

b. fourth largest property owner in St. Augustine in
early British Period (1765)

(1) solely or jointly owned 10 lots & 23 buildings

(a) relationship of debts to the company and
property ownership

(b) speculator and absentee proprietor

c. died in 1768

2. lot

a. 11 varas x 71 varas

b. same as DeMesa: 1769 Jeffery map shows Walton house
bordered on south by Escovedo's tabby structure

3. structure

a. through 1769, same as DeMesa

b. Walton made no alterations

B. 1768 1771

1. owner

a. lot & building reverted to British crown

C. 1771 1784

1. owner: Joseph Stout

a. employed as government surveyor

b. petitioned governor for land and Gov. Grant granted
lot and building in 1771
Appendix 1- 2


(1). one of 12 grantees in St. Augustine in 1771

c. left St. Augustine in 1784

2. lot

a. 12 varas x 86 varas (33 ft. x 236.5 ft)

b. lot enlarged by vara (16.5 inches) to the south
and 15 varas (41.25 ft.) to the east

3. structure

a. one story Ot *L a eti uu

b. roofed with shingles (tejamani)

c. no additional architectural details in documents

III. Second Spanish Period (1784-1821)

A. 1784 1803

1. owner: don Juan Sanchez

a. August 11, 1784 purchased property from Joseph Stout
for 450 pesos

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

c. born in Puerto Real, Andalusia, Spain

d. married in Cuba to Maria del Carmen Castaneda
of St. Augustine

e. fathered two girls

f. died in 1802

B. 1803 1832

1. owner: heirs of don Juan Sanchez

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

b. Maria de los Dolores Sanchez, daughter (one-quarter)

c. Maria del Rosario Sanches, daughter (one-quarter)

Appendix 1 3


C. Lot

1. 12 varas x 86 varas

2. same as Stout

D. Structure

1. 1788: Rocque Map and Key

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

(1) no documentary evidence as to who added additional
rooms and outbuilding

b. construction materials of all houses in St. Augustine: 43%
stone, 7% tabby, 50% wood

(1) of all wood structures, 84% were worthless huts

c. Sanchez house listed in good condition

(1) only 21% of extant masonry houses were listed in
good condition

d. second floor over one of the first floor rooms, probably
the western most room

e. according to map title, the map and key reflect housing
situation as of April 1, 1788

f. in Stout sale to Sanchez, no mention of partial upper

g. conclusion: Sanchez added second floor over front room

2. 1791: Book of Mortgages

a. second floor completed over entire structure, except

b. roofed with shingles

3. 1802: Inventory and Appraisal

a. calculate configuration

b. appraised value of house.and kitchen: 2380 pesos

Appendix 1 4



IV. American Period (1821 ff.)

A. Owners

1. 1832

a. Lewis G. Melizet (Havana) and John M. Melizet
(Philadelphia) purchased property from Maria del Carmen
Castaneda and daughters (Havana) for price of $1,000.00

2. 1832 1977

a. 21 owners

b. building served as residence, boarding house, barber
shop, antique shop, restaurant, tearoom, artists studio

B. Lot

1. 1832

a. 12 varas x 86 varas

b. same as 1771 1835

2. 1835 1874

a. 36 ft. x 256 ft.

b. addition of 3 ft. to the south and 19.5 to the east

3. 1874 present

a. 47 ft. x 159 ft.

b. addition of 11 ft. to the south and loss of 97 ft.
to the east

C. Structure

1. 1893 1899

a. building assumed approximate present configuration

b. owner was Frederick Sulzner who used first floor as
a music shop from which he sold pianos and organs

Appendix 1 5

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs