Protecting historic assets in the Plaza

The city will seek Historic Architectural Review Board approval to install fencing around the Constitución Monument in the Plaza de la Constitución.

The plan follows a recommendation by the Colonial St. Augustine Foundation that the monument to Spain’s Constitution of 1812 needs greater protection.

The monument, believed to be the only one remaining after a return to monarchy ordered destruction of all such recognition, was restored last year by the foundation, assisted in part by grants from the Florida Department of State and the Lastinger Family Foundation.

City staff will present several fence styles to replace the existing low-set chain border. Examples they’ve found about town include fences at the Huguenot Cemetery and Ancient City Baptist Church.

The next Historic Architectural Review Board meeting is scheduled for December 17th.

Photo credit: © 2009 Historic City News photographer Kerry McGuire