TO: DR. GOLD
FROM: DAVID SCOTT
SUBJECT: PAREDES/DODGE RESTORATION
I feel it would be in the best interest of the Preservation Board
and The San Augustin Antique Foundation to take on the
restoration of the Paredes/Dodge house as a model for the
Revolving Fund Restoration Plan.
A complete and accurate restoration of the Paredes/Dodge House
would reflect on the integrity and'workmanship of the agency.
Because this structure is one of only three Colonial buildingywe
own our maintaining complete control over it's restoration is
essential. Furthermore it's uniqueness demands that we maintain
control over it in perpetuity.
The restoration of this house would be a model for the agency.
Each step in the restoration process would become an example of
professionally recognized procedures for accurate quality
The research Crequired before the process ,an begin would
demonstrate to others the proper methods utilized by restoration
organizations. That research would be applied to the
reconstruction of missing architectural elements and the careful
restoration of those elements still extant. The archeological
research would enable the agency to further demonstrate day to
day lifestyle of Second Spanish Period residents. Such
information could be further interpreted in the rear yard where
an appropriate garden area aAr reconstructed.
The rebuilding process would also act as an educational tool for
the community and as an public relations tool for the agency. We
would be in a position to clearly demonstrate that we were again
in the restoration and reconstruction business.
Upon completion of the project the Paredes/Dodge House could
continue to act as a clearing house for Revolving Fund
Restoration Program information. It could function as a museum
of restoration and clearly demonstrate appropriate restoration
techniques and materials. The house could also function as an
annex for the Museum store and further not only the agencies
income but continue the process of upgrading the quality of shops
on St. George St.