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Ximenez-Fatio House - Letter and Field Notes January 30, 1974 (7 pages)
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Title: Ximenez-Fatio House - Letter and Field Notes January 30, 1974 (7 pages)
Series Title: Herschel Shepard Project Files
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Language: English
Donor: Shepard, Herschel ( donor )
Publication Date: 1974
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Folder: 7303 Ximenez-Fatio House
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- St. Johns -- St. Augustine
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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System ID: AA00011621:00020

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Jis ~FISHER & SHEPARD / ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS INC

January 30, 1974



Mrs. William.G. Lockwood, Jr.
5012 Yacht Club Road
Jacksonville, Fla. 32210
Mrs. Judson Freeman
4217 Fairway Drive
Jacksonville, Fla. 32210
RE: Restoration Ximinez-Fatio House Field Notes No. 1
Dear Norma and Ann Wright:
Enclosed please find xeroxed copies of my hand-written notes made yesterday. I
do not believe they are difficult to read although often written while hanging
upside down. I was black by the end of the day, and I regret that I gave Mrs.
Hart quite a surprise during the afternoon.

Certain conclusions can be reached at this time. There is great certainly re-
garding the following; the evidence supporting the conclusion is noted in par-
enthesis:

1. The attic space and roof of the EW wing were constructed at a later date
than the NS wing. (Portion of original NS wing roof remains in place where EW
wing adjoins; construction techniques are slightly different; EW wing workman-
ship of poorer quality).

2. The attic space and roof of the EW addition were constructed at an early
date. (Joist spacing and framing techniques are similar although not identical;
pegs are used in preference to nails and apikes; presence of split lath may indi-
cate a date no later than approximately 1830[?]).

3. The roof of the EW addition was of hand-split shingles similar to those re-
maining in place on the NS wing (shingles found resting on split lath ceiling).

4. That portion of the chimney at the south end of the NS wing from the floor
of the third floor to the roof was constructed of the same brick as the chimneys
in the EW wing. Either the original chimney was partially rebuilt, or this chim-
ney and fireplaces were installed when the EW wing was constructed.

5. At least a portion of the second floor ceilings in the original NS wing were
not plastered originally. The third-floor floor beams and third-floor subfloor-
ing were exposed to view from below and whitewashed. (A small subfloor plank was
removed beside the access door to the attic of the EW addition; whitewash is ap-
parent on several beams and the subfloor.)

There is same evidence to support the following possibilities, but further in-
vestigation is required:






456 UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD NORTH / JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32211 / TELEPHONE (904) 725-1112
GEORGE RYAD FISHER, AIA / HERSCHEL E. SHEPARD, AIA








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1. The third floor of the original NS wing may have been sealed with plank-
ing originally or at an early date. (The flooring of the finished attic space
was installed over sub-flooring of similar planks, fastened with either cut or
wrought spikes. The recent beaded siding on the short walls is nailed to posts
that match original construction and would have been installed both as knee
braces and siding supports. Charred planks reused as sheathing at the roof are
probably the original ceiling planks of the third floor.)

2. Some if not all of the dormers of the NS wing may have been added after
\ original construction.

3. Stairs fran second to third floor may have been added after original con-
struction.

I will be out of town until Friday, February 8, and will resume my investiga-
tion the following week.

Best regards,



Herschel E. Shepard

Enc.

.HES:gms

B/cy Mr. Arthur S. Anderson, Builder
With field notes.




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