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
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
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
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.
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