A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
South of the Plaza at 2o Aviles Street
Mailing Address: 28 Cadiz Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
ACCREDITED SINCE 1993
July 6, 2004
Mr. Herschel Shepard, FAIA
1661 Beach Avenue
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Dear i 'L-
I am writing on behalf of the Museum Properties Committee of the NSCDA-FL to thank you
for your longstanding interest in the Ximenez-Fatio House. As we celebrate 65 years under the
organization's stewardship, we are embarking on a new phase of restoration. We recognize the
importance of the knowledge base we have established to date and anticipate building on that for the
betterment of the property. I hope you will consider participating with us in this exciting effort.
First, a little background. In 2002 the museum was awarded a grant from the State of Florida
for a comprehensive exhibition overlay program. This grant enabled reconstruction of the ca. 1802
Wash House and conversion of the non-historic garage on the northwest corner of the property into a
Visitor Center with a Museum Store, offices and conservation space. Most importantly, this space
includes a variety of exhibits text panels, an interactive computer program, archaeological displays
and a video program. The most significant feature is the ca. 1650 Caravaca Cross unearthed during the
archaeological investigation for the underground utilities.
Once again the State of Florida has recognized the importance of the museum with a grant for
Restoration on the House and Kitchen buildings. As part of this project we anticipate continuing the
analysis and interpretive research begun 30 years ago. We anticipate removing contemporary fixtures
and finishes from the last four "modern" rooms in the house and their conversion to uses which mesh
with our interpretive period, 1821-1861. The scheduled time frame for this project is August 2004-
March 2006, with the analysis and investigation phases anticipated to be completed within the first six
months of that time frame.
We are interested in securing consulting services relating to interpretation and conservation.
As this project is being undertaken, in part, with public funds, we will need to bid these services based
on results of a Request for Qualifications anticipated to be distributed in the next few weeks.
Winner of a 2004 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Achievement in
For 65 Years -- The State House Museum of
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida
Letter to Mr. Hershel Shepard
July 6, 2004
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We hope you will consider forwarding a copy of your resume with a letter indicating your
interest in participating in this project. If you have any questions about this project or any of our
recent efforts, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to your response.
Leslee F. Keys
HERSCHEL E. SHEPARD 1661 BEACH AVENUE, ATLANTIC BEACH, FLORIDA 32233 (904) 249-9040
July 8, 2004
Leslee F. Keys
Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
28 Cadiz Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
RE: Request for Qualifications
Thank you for your letter of July 6, 2004, describing the project you anticipate completing in the near fu-
ture. I appreciate being considered as a possible participant in this important work. It was a privilege to
serve as your restoration architect during the 1970's.
As you know, I have retired from the University of Florida and from active practice as an architect. Even
so, I have served as an architectural research consultant on several projects in recent years, including Mis-
sion San Luis in Tallahassee and the O'Reilly House and Gonzalez-Alvarez House ("Oldest House") in St.
Augustine. However, since I suspect you will require full architectural services on this project, you may
wish to contact the following individuals, all of whom I believe are well-qualified in historic preservation:
Mr. Gregory Hall
7739 Westmoreland Drive
Sarasota, FL 34243-1937
(Home address I don't have his new office address)
Mr. John Parks
Renker Eich Parks Architects
1609 9th Street North, Suite B
St. Petersburg, FL 33704-4203
Kenneth R. Smith FAIA
8301 Cypress Plaza Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32256-4426
Please let me know if you feel that I may be of service to you. A resume is enclosed for your information.
Herschel E. Shepard, FAIA Emeritus
Professor Emeritus, University of Florida