Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Gomez House
Title: Furnishing Plan for the Casa de Gomez
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Title: Furnishing Plan for the Casa de Gomez
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Gomez House
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Publication Date: 1976
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Box: 8
Divider: Interpretive Plans
Folder: Gomez House
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
48 King Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Government House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 48 King Street
Coordinates: 29.892465 x -81.313142
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095544
Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Furnishing Plan for the Casa de Gomez 2- C3-74

The Casa de Gomez will be the site of a craft demonstration illus-

trating colonial Spanish blacksmithing. While our efforts will be concen-

trated on the craft area and the production of eighteenth-century Sianish

ironwork, it is necessary to provide the visitor with an image of the crafts-

man away from his work. The present structure will serve as the domestic

aspect of interpretation, and the following description will outline the criteria

and material culture necessary foai-ts-success. / d" .

We will assume that the blacksmith is on0of the many single males in

St. Augustine during the First Spanish Period. From a practical standpoint,

this interpretation will explain the absence of a female interpreter, which we

are unable to provide in the immediate future. The time span should coincide

with the Casa de Gallegos, ca. 1750, as they are compounded together for the

visitor. The structure itself is small and limits the area available for domes-

tic interpretation, therefore a single male fits properly in this format.

Using the criteria-- single male craftsman, cat. 1750, and a small

dwelling,we evolve a very simplified set of material culture to interpret

this situation. Tw c...L. .l oditien -cist which wil -f.Ah r di.dte te.

contentef this structure. The fSint I the existence uf d restroom in i- e

the use of the staff "+ mnnq be enncealed or camrniag ed-bc-use a p.rtlofl

of this type would vij----atzd in. 1750 A partition t'iuii".. ig <".

decreasing th e ttoor spa-ccer, the re-

room --rti ,linif storage~. 'i and tile maintain a fe-ohe faoccy te

heullier consdeation is scrity. There will be no one toRccupy the

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space we are interpreting or O maintain any effective visual control over
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the contents of the Casa de GomezA It will be an unmanned interpretive

station. Therefore many small domestic items which would ordinarily be

left out or visible by a historic occupant will be deleted or considered ex-

pendable out of necessity. This will preclude the use of any historical artifact

being displayed in this structure.

The general character of the building interior should reflect its occupant,

a single male craftsman. There will be no female to keep it particularly

tidy or lend a gentle*touch to the scene. There will be no evidence of any

domestic elaboration associated with females such as sewing, embroidery

or the many types of special food preparation. The room will portray the

area where the blacksmith eats, sleeps and keeps company with his friends.

Te par o the room should run waterwaand be

single-sh-eath ver-rti ea4-ba-r-d --ith a n in rip f uined push in door conLea- -e-in-it.

A spring lathand return mechr- ni sm would insuare that the dc-r-Ter5xnCs l osed

and yet tJereare n te11 tal appecnrg;es on the exterior. A small shelf with

a religious picture and a candle will be fixed to tass wall. The wall should be

whitewashed along with the other interior walls and the ceiling.

The north wall will have several shelves set on pegs over a wooden

table. Several eating vessels and bottles will be fixed to the shelves as well

as a rag or two. A rush lamp, made by the blacksmith can be fixed to the

table as well as a checker board and pottery disc checkers. As viewed from

the door, a bedding roll will be stacked to the right of the table in the corner

and clothing pegs on the wall above it for a coat and tricorne felt hat, both

plain. There should be two simple stools at the table, one for the smith and

one for a guest. To the left of the table there is a peg and broom hanging

from it with a split oak basket of charcoal on the floor beneath it.

The west wall has a flush mounted reja in the window for privacy

and a mosquito netting curtain to cover the window. In the southwest corner

are several tools including a hoe, axe and fish net, all secured. The south

wall will have a small wooden chest on a low stand for the smith's personal

effects which will be kept locked. Above this will be two clothing hooks

with a blanket hanging from them. A betty lamp suspended from a chain,

made by the blacksmith, will hang from the ceiling near the chest.

Out on the floor will be a straw mat and a stove brazerio for heat

and cooking. A volcanic stone tripod vessel or ceramic vessel will serve.

C o _A sack of grain)and a large demijohn stand against a wall and herbs or

S/ y peppers are suspended from the ceiling.

S- By arranging smaller items in a very casual manner and weathering

the interior slightly the visitors should come away convinced that they have

seen the smith's quarters as he left them to go into his shop. There will be

no effort to use this interior for living history so routine cleaning should
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be carried out on a weekly basis to maintain a live'appearance.

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