Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Title: Outline of themes, information, and visual materials for deMesa exhibit
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 Material Information
Title: Outline of themes, information, and visual materials for deMesa exhibit
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Physical Description: Interpretive outline
Language: English
Creator: Stewart, Robert C.
Publication Date: 1981
 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
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00091263
Volume ID: VID00107
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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OUTLINE OF THEMES, INFORMATION, AND
VISUAL MATERIALS FOR deMESA EXHIBIT


(Room 110)


(Room 207)


Archaeology, Research and Restoration (panel and/or case to be
used in conjunction with slide-tape)

Themes and Information

a. Historical research: methods and conclusions

b. Archaeological research: methods and conclusions

c. Architectural research: methods and conclusions

d. Decision for 1830's restoration

e. Importance of deMesa (relationship to rest of San Agustin
Antiguo; local and national significance)

Visual Materials

a. Photos of excavation (trenches, well, burial)

b. Photos, drawings of artifacts

c. Artifacts themselves

d. Burial remains

e. Drawings of floor plans, excavation trenches

f. Puente, Rocque, Sanborn maps

g. 19th and 20th C. photos of house

h. Photos of Old Spanish Inn

i. Artifacts from Old Spanish Inn

j. Paint analysis and stucco fragments

k. Photos of other period buildings (St. Augustine and elsewhere)

1. Photos of restoration process

Introductory Panel

Themes and Information

a. Significance of house as an index of cultural change, 1763-1837

1. Physical changes

2. Changes in ownership





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3. Changes in social and economic life of city

Visual Material

a. Photo or drawing of present structure


(Room 207)


(Room 207)


First Spanish Period

Themes and Information

a. Biographical information on deMesa

b. Occupation and significance in city

c. Family life

d. Dietary patterns

e. City as military and administrative center

f. Religion

g. Daily life in presidio

h. Architecture

i. Land use

j. Demography of city


Visual Materials

a. Conjectural drawing of deMesa house

b. Puente map

c. Photos, drawings of artifacts

d. Artifacts themselves

e. Faunal remains

f. Economic chart

g. Conjectural drawing of north St. George Street


British Period

Themes and Information

a. Biographical information on Walton, Stout




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b. Occupations and significance in city and East Florida

c. Walton and Co. in St. Augustine (export contract)

d. Shipping

e. Walton and Jesse Fish

f. British architectural changes in city

g. Stout and John Tucker (planters)

h. Indigo and other agriculture

i. Slavery in British East Florida

j. Internal improvements

k. Changes to house by Stout

1. Minorcans and demographic change

Visual Materials

a. Conjectural drawing of Stout house

b. Jeffery map

c. Photos, drawings of artifacts

d. Artifacts themselves

e. Period print of British plantation scene

f. Map of East Florida plantations

g. Portrait(s) of Walton and/or Fish (?)

h. Period clothing dyed with indigo

i. Period print showing dye process

j. Chart of architectural changes under British (see Manucy)


(Room 210) Second Spanish Period

Themes and Information

a. Biographical information on Sanchez




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b. Occupation and significance in St. Augustine

c. Shipping with Charleston and Havana

d. Administration of city in Second Spanish Period

e. Changes to house by Sanchez

f. Demographic character of city

g. Use of building as Royal Treasury, 1793-94

h. Ship design and technology

i. Blacks in East Florida

Visual Materials

a. Conjectural drawing of Sanchez house

b. Rocque map

c. Sanchez inventory

d. Photos, drawings of artifacts

e. Artifacts themselves

f. Period print or drawing of goleta (schooner)

g. Navigational charts

h. Ship manifest or bill of lading

i. Conjectural drawing of north St. George Street

j. Period print showing black slaves or workers


(Room 210) American Territorial Period

Themes and Information

a. Biographical information on Sanchez heirs, Lisk

b. New business opportunities (land, commercial, agricultural)

c. Citrus (including freeze of 1835)

d. Tourism and invalid population

e. Economic connections with United States






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f. Territorial status of East Florida

g. Second Seminole War

h. Population growth during War

i. American architectural changes in city

j. Changes to house by Lisk

k. Commentary on city by Ralph Waldo Emerson and others

Visual Materials

a. Drawing of Lisk house

b. 1833 map

c. Photos, drawings of artifacts

d. Artifacts themselves

e. Period prints of St. Augustine

f. Conjectural drawing of north St. George Street

g. Prints of Murat, Osceola, Emerson

h. Period estate inventories

i. Period newspapers, advertisements

j. Views of period architecture from elsewhere (Greek Revival)

k. Excerpt from Benjamin or Lafever










R. Stewart
7/27/81








Text for de Mesa Recording


Welcome to San Agustin Antiguo. This is the de Mesa House, named

after its first documented owner, Antonio de Mesa, a treasury official

during the first Spanish Period in St. Augustine.

De Mesa came here from Mexico and it was here that he was married

and raised 7 children. When the de Mesas lived here, this was only a

single story structure made of coquina, a locally available shellstone.

The de Mesa family fled St. Augustine just before the British occupation

in 1764.

During the brief British Period, this house was granted by the

government to Joseph Stout in 1771 and when Spain resumed control of

Florida in 1784, Stout sold the house to Juan Sanchez, a royal official

from the Province of Analucia in Spain. Both Stout and Sanchez remodeled

and enlarged the structure, and by 1802 the house had been converted to

two stories. The Sanchez family held the house until 1832 and in the

following 10 years the new owners altered the structure to its present

configuration.

We are presently restoring the de Mesa House with great care to

preserve its original materials and to re-establish its authentic appearance

as it was in the early 1800's when Florida became a territory of the

United States.

The de Mesa House project represents a 2 year research and restoration

effort by the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, an agency of

the State of Florida. It was made possible by a generous contribution

from the St. Augustine Restoration Foundation Inc., and a Grant-in-Aid

from the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service. The de Mesa

House will be open to the public when the project is completed.





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We invite you to visit the other buildings of San Agustin Antiguo.

Tickets for admission to the buildings are available from the ticket

window at the north end of St. George Street.

We hope you enjoy your "walk through history" in San Agustin Antiguo.


Taped 11 September 1979 Steve Hanson, Ken John


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