Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board

The Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board (HSAPB) was a state agency in Florida that participated in the restoration and preservation of historic buildings in St. Augustine, Florida from 1959 to 1997. Created in 1959 by Governor LeRoy Collins, the agency acquired, restored, and preserved historic structures in St. Augustine until its abolishment by the State of Florida in June 1997.[1]

The Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board
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Florida state agency overview
FormedMarch 1958 (1958-03)
DissolvedJune 1997
JurisdictionSt. Augustine, Florida, United States
HeadquartersSt. Augustine, Florida


In March 1958 a group from St. Augustine asked Florida Governor LeRoy Collins for the creation of a historic preservation program for the city's historic downtown. On June 11, 1959, House Bill 774 was signed into law, establishing the St. Augustine Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission and giving it $150,000 of state funds to begin its work.[2] Original members of the Commission were Herbert E. Wolfe, Leonard Usina, William F. Rolleston, William L. Sims II, and Henrietta Poynter.[3] Wolfe, a resident of St. Augustine, was the Commission's first chairman, serving from 1959 until 1969. The Commission hired consultant Earle Newton to help it develop a strategic plan for the restoration and preservation of St. Augustine buildings.[4] At its founding, the agency's primary objective was to restore the colonial architecture of St. Augustine in time for the city's Quadricentennial Celebration in 1965. Buildings the agency planned to restore dated to the First Spanish Period (1565-1763), British Period (1763-83), Second Spanish Period (1783-1821), and the early American Period (after 1821).[5] Senator Verle Pope and Representatives Charlie Usina and Gus Craig strongly supported the restoration program and fought for another $300,000 to further its work.[6]

The Commission's first restoration project was the Arrivas House on St. George Street, which was dedicated by then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson on March 11, 1963.[7] The Commission used the second floor of the Arrivas House as their administrative offices until 1970, when they moved operations to the Government House. On May 5, 1970 the St. Augustine Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission was renamed to the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board.[8] In June 1997 the agency was abolished by the State of Florida in accordance with the Sundown Act.[9] Management of the agency's properties was first tasked to the City of St. Augustine and subsequently to UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc. (UFHSA), a direct support organization of the University of Florida.[10]

San Agustín Antiguo

In 1963 the HSAPB opened San Agustín Antiguo, a living history museum village in which costumed guides gave tours of restored buildings and demonstrated a variety of arts and crafts typical of the First and Second Spanish Periods, as well as of the British Period. These included blacksmithing, weaving, printing, candle dipping, silversmithing, pottery, baking, and leather making. After the dissolution of the HSAPB, a smaller version of San Agustín Antiguo was kept in operation by UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc.


The HSAPB was managed by a seven-member board of directors, the head of which was the Chairman. Chairmen of the board included Lawrence Lewis, Jr. (1969-1972), John D. Bailey (1972-1975), Michael V. Gannon (1975-1980, 1985-1987), Henry W. McMillan (1980-1985), Bill Daniell (1987-1989), John Sundeman (1989-1990), and Bill Rose (1991-1997).[11]

List of restoration and reconstruction projects

The following properties in St. Augustine were at one point restored or reconstructed by the HSAPB:

See also


  1. Board, Historic St Augustine Preservation; Board, Historic St Augustine Preservation. "A Guide to the Governor's House Library Architecture Collection GH 0003". www.library.ufl.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  2. Florida Legislature (1959). "Florida Statutes, 1959, Chapter 266: St. Augustine Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission" (PDF). Florida State University College of Law Research Center. State of Florida.
  3. "Restoration Committee to Hold Open Meeting Tomorrow Morning". The St. Augustine Record. September 10, 1959.
  4. "Consultant Retained by Restoration Group". The St. Augustine Record. November 24, 1959.
  5. Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board (1971). Guide Book. Division of Cultural Affairs, Department of State, State of Florida. pp. 5–10.
  6. Drane, Hank (April 2, 1961). "Continued Aid for Ancient City Restoration Unit to Be Sought". Florida Times Union.
  7. "Big Day in St. Augustine". The Florida Times-Union. Jacksonville, FL. March 12, 1963.
  8. Florida Legislature (1970). "Florida Statutes 1970, Chapter 266.01: Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board of Trustees, creation" (PDF). Florida State University School of Law Research Center. State of Florida.
  9. Florida Legislature. "Florida Statute Title XVII, Chapter 267.171". Online Sunshine: The Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature.
  10. "UF Historic St. Augustine Governance". UF Historic St. Augustine. October 25, 2018.
  11. Mortham, Sandra B. Board Chairman Terms. Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, Florida Department of State. 5 May 1997. Retrieved from Governor's House Library Archives.
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