Saving St. Augustine's Architectural Treasures


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Saving St. Augustine's Architectural Treasures Hotel Ponce de Leon
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Nemmers, John
Santamaria-Wheeler, Lourdes
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Miniature exhibit

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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The Saving St. Augustines Architectural Treasures project has conserved and digitized an irreplaceable collection of the earliest drawings of architects John Carrre (1858-1911) and Thomas Hastings (1860-1929). In 2010 Flagler College received a prestigious Save Americas Treasures grant administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to help preserve architectural drawings for the National Historic Landmark Hotel Ponce de Leon and the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida. During the two-year project, over 260 drawings were conserved and reproduced digitally by the University of Florida Smathers Libraries. Carrre and Hastings were two of the most designed more than 600 buildings, Buildings in Washington, D.C. In 1885 multi-millionaire industrialist Henry Flagler initiated a grand scheme to turn the Florida coast into the American Riviera. The Hotel Ponce de Leon (1885-1887), now Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College, Carrre and Hastings. Comprised of original, fragile drawings on cloth, silk and paper, as well as blueprints and copies, the collection is the largest known of the drawings for the Hotel had been lost for decades. Stored in a boiler room under high Florida temperatures and humidity, and exposed to insects and rodents, the few people who knew of their this treasure trove of drawings remained unknown and endangered until their rediscovery in 2004. Many of the drawings could not be handled because they literally were crumbling on the shelf, and even items in stable condition were in jeopardy due to increasing demand by researchers. These drawings, which had been unavailable to scholars for years, are fully accessible now that they have been properly conserved and digitized by the UF Libraries Conservation Unit and Digital Library Center. All digital images are available online at and information about the project is available at Corner detail before conservation Detail of rolled drawing before conservation