Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Title: De Mesa house
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Title: De Mesa house
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
Creator: Spieler, Suzette
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
43 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
de Mesa-Sanchez House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 43 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.896429 x -81.313225
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091263
Volume ID: VID00181
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B7-L6

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-he Project: The quantity and quality of hard factual

restoration work that has been done here is evident.

The house is very pleasant, however, it seems cold and

does not "come to life". The project was to make some

viable recommendations to remedy this situation.

The Problems: When the house was completely restored to

an historically accurate dwelling, most of the human touches

evidencing continuous habitation and personal style were

:neteaesvlyly wiped away. At this time, most of the funds

for major pieces have been disbursed and there is actually

quite a lot of furniture in the house. The problem is to

pinpoint detailing that will flesh out the house and lend

it an aire, while at the same time remembering the current

use of the house and it's everyday life now.


OverallJ details:

Plooring: All wodden flooring should be stained dark

and sealed. The traffic is too heavy to make bleached

or natural tones practical. Additionally, it will take

years for the wood to age naturally to an acceptably

dark tone.

Grass Mats: A very good alternative to rugs or floor

canvases and very practical for heavy use. However
the mats in use are of inferior quality and design.


(Grass Lats: cont'd) Upgrade to best possible under


gtllin s: All beamed ceilings should have white

painted joists with dark stained beams.

Tris" All trim should be painted in varying degrees

of contrast to the walls never flat white.

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1) The Kitchen: The introductory slide show is given here

and is enjoyed by the tour groups. The only disadvantage

to thJ.s set u"- is that it might be more effective to show

a working kitchen of the period, especially since kitchens

automatically add warmth and life to any house. The obvious
?roblem i.tmhasnr, where to put the slide show and are there

funds for kitchen decor. At any rate, this is a larger

aspect of the stated project, which can be worked out later

without affecting the other improvements to the house.

2) Dining Room: The furniture is bunched in one corner of the

room, giving the tourer the impression of viewing a dining set,

rather than being in a dining room. The grouping can be moved

several feet out into the room without hindering traffic

patterns. The floor canvas contributes to this postage sz`amp

grcri ?,-. To unify the room, the canvas should cover the entire

floor -- wall to wall (as in the Game/Card Room). This could

be accomplished by adding a wide border to the existingg canvas

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if ca ic.pte"ly new canvas is not feasible at this time.

Theoe la a olanrlr. area opposite the door entering from the

t "h.3 is accentuated because it s the balance

WV,- fk~: th.e dining set. To anchor the room, move the

;.ann.P prw side board and mirror from the upstairs landing

to t.nis spot.

) lnt.ingti Porch: The use of this room should be delineated

., and decorated as such. It is a natural adjunct to the entry

S.11 and ,lose enough to the backyard and kitchen with easy

ac.e ,l to upstairs bedrooms to be the heart of the house --

here the lady would receive her lady friends, sew, talk,

ta tea, watch the children and from time to time supervise

S" 'he kitchen. Additions: 2 small side chairs; a tea tray for

,jie of the table/chest tops; perhaps an umbrella stand. There

&i'r saosme dishes in a barrel in the storage room which woiul

be better displayed in plate hangers in this roor1.

4) Gimae/Card Room: This room is

bt ;4tre visually pleasing if the

f"'raing is painted dark, to pick

theme established in the floor.

pillows(if historically correct)

fairly complete, but would

wood trim, base and window

up the light/dark contrast

Also, another shawl or throw

should be added to the couch.

5) 'inry: OK for now. (See E10jLnt&)

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6) Office: OK for now. (See Flooring)

7) Storage Room: OK for now.

8) Upstairs Parlor: Wait for area rug, on order, to be installed

before firttie recommendat ons.

9) Master Bedroom: Replace the 2 straw mats with one large

mat of better quality and design. Angle it across the room

to Inify the three pieces there. A large quality mirror

needs to be acquired for this room.

10) Children's Room: Nothing stands out here in a bad light

however, some items from the bedroom in the

(first house, upstairs) can be used here.

11) Exhibit Rooms: This is the last house of the tour and

these rooms, the last of the house, By the time the tourists

reach this point, they are tired and have assimilated so much

information, that most just pass through not stopping to read

this exhibit. Moving this information to the first hou3e as

an introduction to the tour rather than as a summary would be

more effective

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