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Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-Lot 3
Title: The pan American center
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00091357/00004
 Material Information
Title: The pan American center
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-Lot 3
Physical Description: Brochure/pamphlet
Language: English
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
97 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Marin-Hassett House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Pan American Center (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 97 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.895159 x -81.312931
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00091357
Volume ID: VID00004
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B8-L3

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cAugustin .

This building Is tb.e ca`1a artei-HMassett
House, reconstructed on its original foundations.
\The main portion and first wing are of early Spanish
tnasonry construction (the Marin house), with an
attached wing from the Eng lish or second Spanish
period reflecting the mixed architecture character-
istic of the late 18th century. (Hassett House)
The house exemplifies an upper-class home of
the times. Made principally of coquina (a natural
shell-rock, quarried locally) it is covered inside
and out with plaster to keep out moisture .; Fire-
places upstairs and down were add<4ld4 -inguth Bi-
tish occupancy.
The reconstructed Marin-Hassett House serves
today as a Pan American Museum. Purchase of the
site.and rebuilding of the dwelling were achieved
through the generous donations of American cor-
porations doing business in Latin America. Their
express desire for use of the building was to exhi-
bit art objects from all Latin American countries,
The garden to the south is in the fashion seen in
b oth Spain and Latin America, linkiIng the building
to the Spanish Exhibition Center across the street.
The area is designed and landscaped as a small
plaza called a "plazoleta". The dominating feature
is the statue of Queen Isabella in the center, sculp-
tured by Anna Hyatt Huntington whose interest in the
Hispanic world is well known. The statue and gar-
den symbolize the link of Spain, the mother country,
with her erstwhile colonies. The garden has been
made possible by the generosity of the late Mrs.
Al fred I. duPont, supplemented by contributions
from garden clubs ind other organizations. The
landscaping was accomplished bythe Women's
Garden Clubs of Florida. In the late 18th century a
vegetable plot occupied this land, cultivated by
Fa-ther, Hassett.


Ground-floor rooms contain example s of the
arte of ab r ig in f.l cultures flourishing in what is
now called "Latin America"' from at least two thou-
sand years before Columb-u~ reached its shores.
Some-of these arts had attained s u c h a high quality
by 1492 thateven te more educated among the Span-
ish conquistadors were amazed.

What are today regarded as the highest levels
of technical and artistic achievement were reached
in Mexico and Peru, closely rivaled by cultures in
CentralAmerica and northern South America. Most
artifacts from these areas were recovered by
archaeologists from graves; a few were found in re-
mains of temples or dwellings.

The collections in this building a r e grouped by
locale--Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador,
Peru--and by time periods within those areas. In-
sufficient examples preclude the featured display of
Items solely from a specific culture; however, the
Visitor wi i See representative samples from most
major and minor LatinAmerican Indian civilizations.

Second-floor galleries contain paintings, sculp-
ture, furniture, and minor arts from the Spanish
Colonial Period in Central and South America, pro-
duced from the late seventeenth to the early nine-
teenth centuries, Most of the polychromed wooden
religious statues are from Mexico and Guatemala;
with a few exceptions the paintings were made by
monks in Ecuadar and Peru. In each instance local
craft &sn followed the artistic techniques and sacred

iconography press c crib ed in the mother country of
Spain, However, material limitations, lack of pro-
fessional training for the artists, and local Indian
influences wrought minor changes in established
styles during each cettery: colors are sometimes
different, composition is more complex, and ren-
dition of human anatomy usually less realistically
liadIlet. For the creole painters and sculptors it
was a labor of love, and degree of technical skill is
not important, either then or now.

Owned by: St. Aug*iatine Restoration, Inc.

Operated ~y:

Division of Cultural Affairs
Department of State

This public document was promulgated at an annual
costof $50.85, or $. 0042 per copy to inform Florida
visitors sand others of the history and contents of the
history and caotents of this building.

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