Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 Lot 10
Title: [Letter to Earle Newton re Cerveau House]
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Title: Letter to Earle Newton re Cerveau House
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 Lot 10
Physical Description: Clipping
Language: English
Creator: Parker, Susan
Publication Date: 1989
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
26 Cuna Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Cerveau House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 26 Cuna Street
Coordinates: 29.895961 x -81.312595
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091336
Volume ID: VID00006
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B7-L10

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DATE: August 4. 1989

TO: Earle Newton

FROM: Susan Parkee

RE: Cerveau House

After your handwritten response to me regarding documentation of
the age of Cerveau House, I did some research, which as often
happens raises more questions than it answers.

In 1830 Margaret Izard (Tunno) stated the deed that she was
signing that she was conveying the house and lot that she had
bought from Charles Gobert in 1803. The 1803 document of
transfer calls the building a house of wood covered with tejamani
(shingles). An 1831 map shows three very small houses in the
Cuna Street location appearing to be the same three structures in
a map dated circa 1840 map.

Perhaps the most indicative data of the existence of the same
building on the property until after the Civil War, with a
probable date of construction for the present structure c. 1875,
are the sales prices listed on the consecutive deeds:

1830 $350 for house and lot
1853 $350 for house and lot
1854 $400 for house and lot
1855 $500 for house and lot
1867 $400 being "same house and lot as
conveyed" in 1854 deed
1868 $550 again house and lot as in 1854
1868 $200 for a 1/2 interest
1874 $1 deed of gift
1885 $7000

The documentary evidence implies that the colonial structure
existed on the lot until 1868. Because the 1874 conveyance was a
deed of gift, the price is no indication of value. Until 1885
these transactions appear to be the typical intra-family
conveyances of the local Minorcan community.

I find no information in the Lot-and-Block file about any hands-
on architectural analysis of the building except for a reference
to paint analysis in the master-site file (8SJ2509).

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