Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-L4 Hispanic Garden
Title: St. Augustine Record
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Title: St. Augustine Record
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-L4 Hispanic Garden
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Language: English
Creator: Pope, Margo C.
Publication Date: 2000
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
97 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Hispanic Garden (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 97 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.894996 x -81.312832
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091358
Volume ID: VID00028
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B8-L4

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true sister
cities in o
Cuba areop, th
Havana, its
bacoa and
Regla, the port city of
Matanzas, and inland Ceiba
In recognition of the
resettled people, the name
"San Agustin de la Nueva
Florida" ,(St. Augustine of
New Florida) was officially
given to Ceiba Mocha.
Sisters, brothers, parents,
grandchildren and all sorts
of kin of St. Augustine resi-
dents moved to those towns
in Spanish Cuba in 1764
when Great Britain took over
Florida. Free blacks who
had lived at Fort Mose and
about 80 Florida mission
,Indians relocated to these
towns as well. In 1784,
some evacuees or their rela-
tives returned to St.
Augustine when Spain
regained the colony
Then in 1821 relocation
of St. Augustinians to
Havana happened again
when Florida became a U.S.
territory. Some families
sailed away for a second
time in the face of American
possession. Minorcans (as
Mediterranean settlers here
,came to be known) and per-
sons of British lineage who
had married Spanish offi-
cials and soldiers also
moved to Cuba in 1821.
Their relatives still live in
this area.
Our county's earliest
deed books hold copies of
documents signed in
the Havana area by dis-
placed St. Augustine resi-
dents when they sold
property they had left

Joseph Facey
Dennis Boyd
Cecilia Mance
William Burkhardt
Catherine Colligan
Richard Mabery
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THE HISPANIC GARDENS as it stands today, dug up for an archeological sur-
vey pending a decision on the site's future use.
discuss a possible purchase of the garden Weeks said.
by the city to forestall a building being Some city residents believe the founda-
constructed there. tion has had long-time plans to erect a
"I personally believe all of us would two-story office building on the garden
like to see that property remain arden," See GARDEN, 12A


4 sections, 44 pages

University of Florida archaeologists
ended a dig at the Hispanic Garden on St.
George and Hypolita streets last week and
are now examining the tantalizing frag-
ments of American, British, Spanish and
Indian artifacts found there.
However, city residents are still wor-
ried about the garden's future.
On Monday, the St. Augustine
Commission directed City Manager Bill
Harriss to meet with Flagler College pres-
ident William Proctor, one of the board
members of the St. Augustine Foundation.
The nonprofit foundation, which owns
the garden, has not announced what it
plans to do with the property, but has not
ruled out building there.
No date has yet been designated for
any talks, Harriss said Tuesday.
"Basically, I'm going to ask (Dr.
Proctor) if he can find out if the (founda-
tion) board is willing to sell," Harriss said.
"Proctor's only one vote. I want to know:
What are they willing to do, and what can
they do?"
Mayor Len Weeks said a meeting
between Harriss and Proctor would be to

Senior Writer

A yellow spiral-bound notebook (
gives the dollars and cents of
how St. Augustine's Hispanic
Garden came to be.
The book carries the notation, "For
Elizabeth Towers Only."
On an inside page is written: "Those who have made The
Hispanic Garden or The Hispanic Plaza possible."
Thirty-five years have passed since
the first of two dedications of the
undaY Hispanic Garden and its centerpiece
Y -sculpture of Queen Isabella on horse-
spotlight back. The garden was dedicated the first
time on Sept. 5, 1965, as part of the
city's five-day celebration of its 400th
anniversary of its founding. The statue
by Anna Hyatt Huntington was unveiled.
Florida Gov. Haydon Burs, U.S. Sen.
Spessard Holland, U.S. Senator George
Smathers, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Stewart Udall, Spanish Ambassador
Merry del Val, and a host of other digni-
taries dedicated the garden.
The garden was still two years away
from completion.
Cookie O'Brien was the public rela-
tions director for the St. Augustine
Historical Restoration Commission, suc-
cessor to the Historic St. Augustine
Preservation Board.
Mrs. Towers, she said, was the only
woman on the restoration commission.
"She got the assignment (from the com-
mission) to something with that comer.
And she did.
"She galvanized her friends, schools,
garden clubs and anyone else who would
listen, and she got it done," O'Brien

In November 1965, the landscape
architects for the project met the
Hispanic Garden Committee at Mrs.
Towers' Jacksonville home. She said

The St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library's Record photo collection
THE HISPANIC GARDEN'S last of two dedications was May 2, 1967. Mrs. C.
Daughtry Towers Sr., was honored in 1967 with a resolution from the city of
St. Augustine and Mayor John D. Bailey.



Gulf Coast

Gordon will bring

a deluge of rain

Associated Press

TAMPA Heavy rain began falling along the Gulf
Coast on Saturday as Hurricane Gordon bore down on
central Florida. The storm had deluged Cuba with up to
10 inches of rain before reaching hurricane strength with
75 mph winds Saturday.
Gordon was expected to strike land between Fort
Myers and the Panhandle sometime late Sunday. But its
unpredictability and direction changes left forecasters
urging all coastal areas from Florida to Alabama to close-
ly monitor its progress.
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush put emergency response teams
on standby Saturday, and in some counties, disaster offi-
cials recommended voluntary evacuation of barrier

Town Center

for Vilano

a step closer

Staff Writer
VILANO BEACH A resident subcommittee is
examining three proposals and will soon recommend
what it believes is the right balance between landscap-
ing, parking and commercial space for the Town
Center project.
At the same time, the architectural firm that drew
the proposals is also putting together its idea of how
development along Vilano Road should look.
Both are works in progress, says senior designer
Tony Paolucci of Ivey, Harris & Walls of St. Augustine.
"We have a pretty good idea of what will work and
what won't work," Paolucci said. "We're creating a
model to show them what they can build for what they
can afford."
Ivey, Harris & Walls did the town center designs for
Celebration, a town near Orlando built on property
owned by Disney Corp.
On Sept. 13, Paolucci and Ivey, Harris & Walls'
senior engineer Cleve Dryden presented three draw-
ings, ranging from the least to the most expensive.
The cheapest has straight sidewalks and angled
parking, the second mixes commercial and landscaping
elements, and a third offers lots of landscaping and a
meandering, tree-lined pedestrian walkway.
Karen Taylor, a former St. Johns County commis-
sioner, is a professional land planner and co-chairs the
committee with Derek Wolverton. She said, "We're
hoping to enhance the common areas. (But) the more

Future of site still a mystery

Staff Writer


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12A The St. Augustine Record




Untiring effort

led to garden
Continued from 1A
Drusilla P. Gjoerloff of Lake
Apopka and Lee W. Schmoll of
Tampa were the only two women
landscape architects in Florida--
Gjoerloff said, in an interview
with The Florida Times-Union in
1965, "We wanted the garden to be
as authentic as it possibly can in
design, concept, materials used and
plants chosen yet still in keeping
with the buildings around it. The
garden must be useful and beauti-
Gojoerloff said the garden
would resemble a garden prior to
the start of the British Period in
Florida, 1763-1784.
Mrs. Towers didn't stop with
asking for money outright for the
garden. She had the committee sell
jewelry with a Spanish motif. Also,
items with a St. Augustine motif:
Christmas cards, book marks, pen-
cil sharpeners in the shape of
horse-drawn carriages, and a can-
In November 1965, she told The
Times-Union she sought items from
Sthe Spanish Pavilion of the 1964
World's Fair in New York. She
Sent to New York after she had no
Response to her letter. She was told
everything had either been loaned
or sold.
However, when she returned
home, she got a package from New
SYork with $18.93 in postage due
which she paid. Inside, she said,
-were hundreds of envelopes with
the notation, "Toritos of Spain."
They were little paper bulbs the
committee then sold for 25 cents
Another contribution was a
painting entitled "Hydrangeas," by

Disaster officials

on alert status
Continued from 1A
islands and areas prone to flooding.
Coastal areas were told to anticipate
Sa storm surge.
"It's gonna be a nuisance, bring-
ing a lot of rain, possible flooding
along the Gulf Coast with storm
surge and possible tornadoes," said
Chris Robbins, a meteorologist at the
National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The center's tropical storm warn-
ing Saturday covered a 210-mile
stretch from Bonita Beach, just south
of Fort Myers, to the Suwannee
River, about 100 miles north of
A hurricane watch was issued for

Jacksonville artist Mrs. Russell
(Florence) Seymour, a committee
member. It was auctioned as a ben-
In all, donors gave $51,509.40.
Joining Mrs. Towers and her
friends on the list were school chil-
dren, garden clubs, and private
Donors were from Jacksonville,
St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach,
Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach,
Holly Hill, Sarasota, DeBary and
Washington, D.C.
The contributions ranged from
$1 to $30,000 from a single donor.
The latter was first listed as anony-
mous. Mrs. Towers later changed it
to Mrs. Mrs. Alfred I. duPont.
A least one public official gave
a donation: $25 from Sen. Holland.
Another $25 came from
Jacksonville's Fishweir Elementary
St. Augustine residents Mrs.
H.E. Wolfe, Mrs. W.I. Drysdale,
and Mrs. Arthur Campbell were on
the main Hispanic Garden
Among Mrs. Wolfe's contribu-
tions was $300 worth of palm
Special events included: a
Washington, D.C. gala, $5,188.67;
a luncheon and fashion show in
Ponte Vedra, $605.17; a luncheon,
fashion show and auction in
Jacksonville, $2,065.73; a tea in St.
Augustine, $770.65; a tag day in
Ormond Beach, $700; and a recep-
tion in Sarasota, $455.42.
Several groups donated: the C.
Adrian Pillars Memorial Society
that honored the late St. Augustine
sculptor, $20; the Florida
Federation of Art, $300; the
Florida Landscape Critics Council,
$100; Old Spanish Treasury, $20;
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, $10; Starke
Woman's Club, $5. Garden Clubs
around the state, including St.
Augustine's, gave $1,063.10.
Mrs. Towers and her husband,
C. DaughtrjTowers Sr., gave

a 400-mile stretch from Bonita
Beach to the Panhandle town of
Apalachicola. The watch means a
storm with winds of 74 mph or
greater could hit within the next 36
As skies grayed over the Tampa
Bay area Saturday, people didn't
seem too concerned about the
approaching storm. Along
Clearwater Beach, only a few home-
owners had boarded up their win-
Joel Nava of Tampa and Jim
Phillips of Clearwater bought 15 50-
pound bags of potting soil to use as
sandbags. Both live in low lying
areas and said they planned to
barricade their front doorways
with the potting soil to keep flood
water out.
Richard Lehfeldt recently
moved to Tampa from New York
City and wasn't sure what to expect.

more than $5,000.
The Hispanic Garden's final
cost was noted in an undated letter
to Mrs. Towers signed by a woman
named Mary. She said the project
cost $52,342.32.
There is no indication who
made up the $833 difference
betweenfunds raised and the cost.
However, Mary's letter also gave
appreciation for Daughtry's con-
tinued efforts.
The Hispanic Garden's cost did
not include the statue because it
was donated to the community.
The cost included everything else:
fencing and gate-like entrances,
benches, plantings, concrete and
stone for the floor, the statue's
pedestal, and a fountain.
On May 2, 1967, the Hispanic
Garden was dedicated a second
Tributes were given to Mrs.
Towers by the city for her untiring
efforts and by the Florida
Federation of Garden Clubs for
being the driving force behind the
O'Brien said Mrs. Towers, now
deceased, fulfilled a long-time
goal of Earle Newton, then execu-
tive director of the restoration
commission. He saw the comer of
St. George and Hypolita streets as
a link between Spain and her
The garden is between two
buildings the former Pan
American Building built by Latin
American interests, and the Casa
del Hidalgo built by Spain.
Today, the Hispanic Garden is
closed. A city archaeological dig is
under way. The city has the statue
because it was given to St.
Augustine, said Bill Adams, direc-
tor of the city's historic preserva-
tion and heritage tourism office.
The Hispanic Garden is owned
by the St. Augustine Foundation,
Inc., and not part of the city office.
The foundation has not announced
future plans for the garden.

He bought plastic weatherproofing to
cover windows of his house, duct
tape, batteries and flashlights just
in case. "I'll secure parts of tleC
house that are vulnerable, then watch
TV," he said.
Robbins, the meteorologist, said
people shouldn't panic.
"It is a minimal hurricane," he
said. "Of course, I don't want to
minimize its importance."
Saturday evening, Gordon was
about 235 miles southwest of Tampa
and moving north-northeast at about
12 mph, a slight shift to the north
from earlier in the day when the
storm was headed northeasterly.
Two to five inches of rain were
expected to fall across parts of South
Florida and the Keys on Saturday.
Disaster officials in Hemando,
Manatee and Pinellas counties 'told
residents who wanted to leave to
start packing and that shelters would


Worth appraised

at $200,000
Continued from 1A
site, and that the archaeological dig
was the first step toward that plan,
because a dig is required before any
construction in the city.
But no permits have been
requested or building plans filed.
Local artist Jane Cole said resi-
dents presented a petition containing
at least 250 signatures to the founda-
tion, asking it to keep the property
the way it has been since its dedica-
tion in 1965.
There was no response.
Cole brought the issue before the
City Commission two weeks ago,
asking commissioners for assistance
because, she said, apparentlyy
nobody is coming forward to help
"The garden was given to the
people in perpetuity through dona-
tions. The Consulate of Spain is furi-
ous at the prospect of a building
being put there. (A building in that
park) will destroy a small and beau-


Boardwalk project

cost: $150,000
Continued from 1A
landscaping and civic area you get,
the more parking you lose."
Vivian C. Browning, a commit-
tee member, said the Ivey, Harris &
Walls architects were hired a month
ago with part of a $10,000 grant
Vilano Beach got for designs and
"We're stretching our money,"
Browning said. "The next step is to

be opened in the evening. Other
counties were awaiting later fore-
casts before deciding whether to
advise evacuation.
.Across the state on the Atlantic
CoaslN SAconsidered moving the
space shuttle Disyery off its sea-
side launch pad at Cape Canaveral
and into its hangar. Discovery is
scheduled to blast off Oct. 5 on a
space station construction mission.
A Sunday baseball game between

tiful symbol of international friend-
ship and have a chilling effect on
those who wish to give charitable
donations in the future," she said.
Harriss had estimated previously
that the garden was worth $500,000,
but said this week that a Realtor
friend appraised it at $200,000.
"I looked at what property has
sold for nearby, and saw that a 10-
foot-wide store sold for $300,000,"
he said. "I could find someone this
afternoon to buy (the garden) for
Access to the property has been
blocked for weeks by a wooden
First, the concrete sidewalk was
removed from around the central
pedestal by a private contractor
using a saw and small bulldozer.
Then, UF graduate archaeologists
Gifford Waters and Scott Hussey
dug 50 post holes, some up to 3 feet
deep, looking for archaeological evi-
Historian -Susan Parker of St.
Augustine said Spanish maps from
1764 and letters from a Spanish
bishop written in the 1730s indicated
that the garden site once held a small
shrine or chapel owned by the San
Patricios, a type of lay religious con-

combine some of the ideas. We'd
like to think we've come up with a
consensus plan for Vilano Road."
If the committee has its way -
and can get the grants half-mile-
long Vilano Road would also have
an artistic and functional pavilion
anchoring each of its ends, one on
the ocean and the other on the
Intracoastal Waterway.
"The pavilions will be very
important, because they'll set the
theme," Browning said. "They'll
draw people to the beach and
Those designs are not yet com-
pleted, she said.
On top of that, and at the same

Oakland and Tampa was also post-
poned as a precaution.
In addition to Gordon's rainfall in
Cuba early Saturday, the storm
pounded Mexico's Yucatan
Peninsula on Friday, causing street
flooding in the resort city of Cancun.
In the Atlantic, wind blew across
Bermuda at 60 mph early Saturday
as Hurricane Florence passed north
of the island. There was no damage
or flooding, said James Buxton,

"(The chapel) was likely
destroyed in 1702, when the British .
from South Carolina laid siege to the,
city and everyone ran to the fort,'1,
Parker said. "It was never rebuilt."
That end of St. George Street had,.
been referred to as San Patricio, or
St. Patrick Street, in the early 1700s,
she said. It was not uncommon forz,
different parts of the same street to,
be called different names.
A U.S. Coastal Survey map dated.
1859 or 1860 shbws no structure on,
the lot, but Sanborn Fire Insurance
Company maps reveal that a build-
ing did occupy the site in 1904.
Laurin Bosse, director of public
information for Flagler College,I
said the dig uncovered pottery frag-
ments, ceramics and fragments of
buildings dating back as far as the
Also found were bricks from the
1904 building.
"Everything was taken to the '
Florida Museum of Natural History
in Gainesville for examination by,
the principle investigator, Dr.,
Kathleen Deagan," Bosse said.
"Based on the analysis, they will see
if there will be further excavations-

time, the subcommittee wants to
work on a 500-foot to 800-foo0
boardwalk that residents north of*
the Usina bridge can use to get to
the Town Center and avoid the
heavy traffic on State Road A1A.
The boardwalk project alone0
could cost $150,000. '!nm
Browning said a finance com-.'
mittee, consisting of local residents"
Steve Scully and Holly Uhland, is 0
working on raising money to
match any grant money that is "
"The decisions we make now
will make a difference here for
many years to come," Browningi"

meteorologist with the Bermudato
Weather Service. Florence, down-.k
graded to a tropical storm, was 510-L
miles southeast .pf Halifax, Nova ,
Scotia, Saturdaf evening with sust i
trained winds of 70 mph and was !n
expected to pass near eastern:,,
Newfoundland on Sunday.
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three surf deaths Tuesday in Northt3
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