Historic Property Markers
With funds provided by the Florida Division of Historical Resources grant (awarded in the fall of 2015), plaques have been installed on over 30 historic properties throughout downtown St. Augustine. Selected from the list of buildings already posted on wayfinding directory signs, these locations include original colonial buildings and properties individually listed on the National Register.
The impetus for the markers was to connect the building listed on the directory sign to the building site with an authentic historic interpretation opportunity. Participating properties cooperated with Historic Preservation staff to review the text and installation locations. The state grant provided over $28,000 for the markers which required no matching funds from the City.
(pictured right: Judy Riggle, President of the Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine poses with marker installer Darrel Galles and historic preservation officer Jenny Wolfe at the Pena-Peck House)
Another project feature is the addition of a digital (QR) reference code with a website link to a map that will guide mobile device users to a map image with pinpoints of nearby historic buildings and historic structure forms on file with the Florida Master Site File. NOTE: This website it best viewed on a mobile device and is not intended to be used on a desktop computer.
Sign contractor Darrel Galles was selected by the City to design, fabricate, and install the markers. The City is grateful to Darrel’s team as well as the participating property owners and contributors to the project’s completion.