The Herschel E. Shepard Digital Collection brings online the invaluable architectural records of Herschel Shepard (FAIA Emeritus, Architect), a leader in historic preservation in Florida.
The Herschel Shepard Collection at the University of Florida, which was donated to UF in 2010, documents Shepard's expertise in Florida's historic architecture and his many contributions to preservation and restoration in the state. Shepard’s work covers the entire range of Florida’s architectural past, including restoration of landmark buildings such as the 1902 Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee and reconstruction of such historically significant sites as the Second Seminole War era Fort Foster and the Spanish mission site of San Luis de Apalachee. The total collection includes hundreds of original drawings and thousands of documents and photographs. Included in this collection are all of Shepard’s works on the colonial buildings of St. Augustine. Shepard has worked in architectural restoration and reconstruction of St. Augustine buildings since 1970, and 25 historic structures are documented thoroughly with drawings, research notes, and photographs. These buildings include the Ximénez-Fatio House, the de Mesa-Sánchez House, the Tovar House, Government House, the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas, among others.
The Unearthing St. Augustine’s Colonial Heritage project will digitize approximately 800 drawings, photos and documents from the Shepard Collection.
Utilizing the Shepard Collection, graduate students in the Museum Studies Program at UF curated an exhibition in 2011 that explores the conversation that occurred during three of the historic preservation projects Shepard was involved in: the ongoing Gamble Mansion restoration, adaptive use at Government House, and the reconstruction at Mission San Luis de Apalachee. View the online exhibition The Preservation Conversation: Exploring Historic Preservation Processes in Florida