STATE OF FLORIDA
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P. O. BOX 1987
ST. AUGUSTINE. FLORIDA 32084
DIVISION OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
RICHARD (DICK) STONE HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE
SECRETARY OF STATE September 17, 1974 PRESERVATION BOARD
Mr. Rod Little
Division of Archives, History
and Records Management
Department of State
Tallahassee, Florida 32304
I am enclosing a completed project proposal application for a land
acquisition project, and I have couched it in the terms which we
have been discussing, which is the only way that I can propose the
project at the moment. It makes it look a little strange on the
face, and we will have to follow up with an approach to the Review
Council on this matching fund situation.
The proposal is a request for $100,000 in state funds with a cash
matching of $37,000. This means we are aiming at an acquisition of
$137,000 and are requesting that $63,000 of expenditures by St.
Augustine Restoration, Inc., on other properties in the project area
be considered as part of the match.
I do not have the necessary appraisals to send you at this moment,
but will get them as rapidly as I can, and strangely enough, our
photo files do not contain a current picture of the building, so
this will be coming up. For anyone who knows St. Augustine, it is
the privately owned historic building on St. George Street which is
presently operating as the Museum of Yesterday's Toys.
Hopefully by the time of the next Review Council meeting, I will have
available some area maps and development plans which will delineate
the total project as we see it. This acquisition would preserve a
good historic structure and place it within our village museum-living
history concept. This latter concept cannot, of course, be achieved
so long as private in-holdings are operated in such a way as to be
intrusive in the "step back in time" approach.
I will be in touch with you and others in a very few days to see how
best to present our request to the Review Council for consideration of
a variance in the matching fund requirements.
John W. Griffin, Director
PRELII RY PROJECT PROPOSAL/APPLIC4N
PROJECTTITLE Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez House DATE
LOCATION 52 St. George Street COUNTY
St. Augustine, Florida 32084 St. Johns
Project proposal is for acquisition by Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board from
SUMMARY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE OF PROJECT AND PUBLIC BENEFIT
Acquisition of this historic house will add an original structure representing the Second
Spanish Period to the holdings of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board and fur-
ther expand the units available for interpretation of history in the primary restoration
area. With this acquisition the contiguous interpretive area will be expanded to render
increased public service in the museum village complex. Upon acquisition, detailed study
of the house will begin in order to project restoration needs.
LIST WORK ITEMS AND ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THIS GRANT
Acquisition of historic property.
*Acquisition cost at $137,000, with $63,000 of
project total represented by capital expenditures
by St. Augustine Restoration, Inc., within the 8
block project area.
LIST CONFIRMED SOURCES AND AMOUNTS OF MATCHING FUNDS AVAILABLE
These must be unconfirmed at this time, pending actions of
tures by St. Augustine Restoration, Inc.
City and County appropriations
Credit for capital expenditures
by St. Augustine Restoration, Inc.,
within the 8 block project area
PROJECT PERSONNEL, IF KNOWN
NAME John W. Griffin, Director
ADDRESS Historic St. Augustine
P n Rnox 1q87
St. Augustine, Fla. 32084
city and county and expendi-
PROJECT SPONSOR (AGENCY/ORGANIZATION)
Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board
O PHOTOGRAPHS O APPRAISALS*
O COST ESTIMATES O TITLE REPORTS*
O PLANS & SPECS (*FOR ACQUISITION
(IF AVAILABLE) PROJECTS ONLY)
I CERTIFY THAT THE INFORMATION GIVEN HEREIN
IS CORRECT AND THAT MATCHING FUNDS ARE OR
WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MPLETETHIS PROJECT.
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1. Briefly state the significance of the site indicating the nature of the historic values to be
preserved. Indicate research (historical, architectural, or archaeological) completed or
planned, and identify the sources, authorities and consultants used.
2. Describe the overall plan for the development of the project, including specifically the
provisions for adaptive use, operation, and maintenance of the property. Indicate the
public benefit to be derived in relation to other community interests, and the proposed
method of financing the local matching share. Include a statement of past local efforts
and expenditures, public or private, to preserve the site.
3. Include a tentative time table for completion of the project, citing any interesting or
unusual methods, materials, circumstances, or problems that may affect its progress.
If you have any questions concerning this application, please call collect 904/488-7365, and
we will return your call.
Please use additional sheets if required.
1. The Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez house is an excellent original structure dating at least into
the early years of the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821). It is one of the colonial
buildings enumerated in the documents justifying the Historic District as a National His-
toric Landmark. Preliminary studies of the history, architecture and archeology of this
house (by Eugenia Arana, Earle W. Newton, and Robert H. Steinbach) appeared in El Escribano
No. 46, pp. 8-19, 1963. Further in-depth studies for restoration and interpretTve planning
will follow acquisition.
2. The structure is located in the heart of the primary restoration area of the Historic St.
Augustine Preservation Board and is an important element in the visual impact of St. George
Street. It is equally important for the expansion of the interpretive complex for the
Second Spanish Period and will be used as a part of the interpretive program of the Board.
It is located immediately south of the Arrivas House and across the street from the de Mesa
House (Spanish Inn).
The development plan of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board envisages the creation
of several complexes, each interpreting a different period of St. Augustine's history
through portrayal of the daily life and culture of the times. This house will enable this
village museum treatment of the Second Spanish Period to move forward.
The total combined efforts of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board and St.
Augustine Restoration, Inc., since 1959 have resulted in the acquisition of historic pro-
perties in the 8 block project area with a book value in excess of $1,700,000.00, with
Approximately two-thirds of this value in the properties of St. Augustine Restoration, Inc.
Acquisition would be accomplished upon availability of funds.