National Park Service scholar featured at historical lecture

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Architecture of the Enemy, a discussion of the history, architecture and preservation of Spanish Colonial St. Augustine will be the topic of Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Dinner & a Lecture, Monday, May 23, 5:30– 7 p.m., at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.

Dr. Mark Barnes, retired historian and senior archaeologist with the National Park Service, will bring his deep knowledge of the evolution of Spanish and British architectural styles in the colonies to light in his overview of St. Augustine’s development. The presentation is derived from a major re-survey of St. Augustine and its environs by Barnes for the National Park Service.

For the first 100 years of Beaufort’s existence, British colonial Beaufort and Spanish colonial St. Augustine were on the front lines of an international boundary dispute between Great Britain and Spain over the possession of the Southeastern United States. Barnes’ illustrated presentation will discuss the historic origins of Spanish La Florida, the government buildings, residential architecture and town plan of St. Augustine and its preservation efforts as it prepares for its 450th anniversary of its founding.

Open to HBF members and non-members, the lecture series takes place on the second floor of the Verdier House, and features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The talks are presented from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by audience questions.

A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 per person for attendees at the lecture.  Admission to the lecture is $15/$25 per member/member couple, respectively, and $20/$30 per non-member/non-member couple, respectively. Seating is limited. Call 379-3331 to make reservations.