MRS. ELIZABETH A. FOSTER
Manager, The Fatio House in the 1880's
Bloomfield's Illustrated Historical Guide, 1884, p. 25: "On Hospital Street,
between Artillery and Green Lane, stands a very old coquina building, used now
as a storehouse, the rear of which presents a good idea of a Spanish house,
showing the characteristic Spanish corridors." This page ends in an incomplete
sentence perhaps the Fatio House would also have been mentioned. The map in
the front of the book shows No. 29 (erroneously shown in mid-block of Hospital
Street between Artillery and Green, rather than at Artillery corner) as "Old
House with Spanish corridor."
In this Guide, a "catalogue of photographs," Many of which are stereopticon
slides, begins on page 97. No. 48 is described as "Corridor of Old Spanish House,
situated on Hospital Street, next door to Mrs. Foster's boarding-house..." A
copy of this photograph, labeled but not numbered, is in the St. Augustine Histor-
ical Society's library and is the house on the corner of Artillery and Hospital,
presently a library. Item No. 80 is "Mrs. Foster's House," listed under the
heading of hotels and private boarding houses. No numbered copy of this picture
has been located, however it is the well-known view of the Fatio house with guests
in front and on balcony. In the SAHS library file are several copies of this
picture, some showing a Negro leaning against the Creen Lane corner of the house.
A negative in this file shows Bloomfield's name at the top of the picture and a
copy is being made from this negative. In all of these views the name "Fatio
House" can be read on the south edge of the balcony.
Mrs. Charles H. Gardner of the small town of Tice, near Fort Myers, left with
the Soc iety a two-page"address" about this photograph of Fatio House and in
it identified all persons in the picture. Page 1 bears the penciled name of
Mrs. Lawson, in her own handwriting, and the date, June 1945. Typedon the
bottom of page 2, evidently with another typewriter, is a note that "A Mrs.
Foster was running the Facio House at the time this picture was made. Within
ten days (after Mrs. Gardnert's recognition of her three-handed picture) Mrs.
W. W. Dewhurst died."
Sard file at SAHS: Foster, Elizabeth A. D. 1886 house on Hosiptal cor. of
Green. (This is all of the information on the card.
A search of cemetery records yielded nothing.
There is a second card: Foster, Elizabeth A. which states
Born 1831, died Nov 23, 1894, buried lot 20, Evergreen cemetery "in same lot
-- with Freeman Foster, Wlla M. Foster, Frank Foster.
Mrs. Lockwood will fill in the information on taxes paid by Mrs. Foster.
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