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HSAPB Form No. 20
HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE PRESERVATION BOARD
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INCORPORATED November 29, 1978
Mr. William Adams, Director
Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board
Post Office Box 1987
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
RE: Design Development Drawings, Restoration of the
deMesa-Sanchez House, State Project No. DOS-3200
Dear Mr. Adams:
I am pleased to submit the referenced drawings for consideration and
approval by the Board. These drawings were submitted to the State of
Florida, Department of General Services, in October in accordance with
our contract, and have been slightly revised since then in accordance
with staff comments and further intensive investigation of the building.
It is apparent that the 1837 configuration of the building is very simi-
lar to the very late Nineteenth Century configuration. However, narrow-
ing the restoration date to the 1830-40 period will require the follow-
ing modifications in lieu of, or in addition to, those previously pro-
1. A few exterior windows and doors will be deleted and/or relo-
2. Partitions separating 103 and 106 and 202 and 206 will be modi-
fied to contain openings.
3. The second floor above Room 104 will be removed, and Room 104
will be restored as a one-story room with a sloping roof above.
4. A wooden floor will be restored above the Sanchez period tabby
concrete floor throughout the first floor, and also in the kitchen.
5. Certain ceilings and walls will be plastered rather than left
unfinished and whitewashed.
6. Certain ceilings will consist of whitewashed wood planks in
lieu of plaster.
7. All late 19th Century wood flooring in the second floor will be
removed, and earlier wood plank flooring restored.
8. All late 19th Century hardware will be removed and replaced
with appropriate hardware of the period.
HERSCHEL E. SHEPARD A.I.A KENNETH R. SMITH A.I.A
2111 CORPORATE SQUARE BOULEVARD JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32216 (904) 721-2111
The modifications listed above will increase the cost of restoration,
because late 19th Century finishes and hardware cannot be reused as ori-
ginally proposed, but must be removed and replaced. Major cost increases
result from the restored wood ceilings and floors, and the necessity to
provide-replacement hardware. Costs are estimated as follows:
1. First floor wood floors: $ 8,000
2. Second floor wood floors: 3,000
3. Plank ceilings in lieu of plaster: 3,200
4. Hardware, second floor: 1,200
Total Increase $ 15,400
Oct. 20, 1978 Estimate 93,975
Current Estimated Cost $109,375
This office recommends thatthe scope of anticipated work be decreased to
keep within available funding by deleting all finishing of the second floor,
including plaster walls, wood and plaster ceilings, doors and hardware, and
second floor heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. If funds are avail-
able as the project approaches completion, this work could be accomplished
as funds permit.
Herschel E. Shepard.
Cy Mr. Carl Morgan
With two 81 x 11 perspectives.