Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 - Lot 5, Greek Shrine
Title: [Letter to X.L. Pellicer re St. Augustine's restoration plan]
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Title: Letter to X.L. Pellicer re St. Augustine's restoration plan
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 7 - Lot 5, Greek Shrine
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: Suarez de Puga, Enrique
Publication Date: 1959
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Volume ID: VID00033
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WASHINGTON May 5, 1959

No. 26

Mr. X. L. Pellioer
Saint Augustine Historical Society
22 St. Francis St.,
Saint Augustine, Florida

Dear Mr. Pellicer:

It was with great pleasure that I read in the Florida Tiw a
Union newspaper issue of April 19 about the Saint Augustine's restoration

It goes without saying how interested and how happy we are to
ee that this project is taking definite shape and that steps are being
taken to carry it out. Governor Collins was in touch with our Ambassador
Areilza several times and kept him informed on the plan, He asked our
Ambassador to take the matter up with our Government with the advice that
you would welcome our cooperation on the restoration of Saint Augustine,
We are most happy to cooperate; all that remains is to convey the form
in which this cooperation might take place.

Not long ago, in 1957, our Government commissioned don Javier
Barroso to draw the plans for the restoration of Governor Salazaras House
in Saint Augustine, Mr. Barroso is a noted architect, specialized in the
restoration of Spanish colonial buildings. He went recently to the Dmnini-
can Republic, commissioned by that Government, to restore the "C&sa de Colon"
and other early Spanish colonial buildings. In connection with this project,
early last year, he received AA3,000 pesetas to carry out some work to be
done in Spain at the Governorts House.

May I suggest that Mr. Barroso, or other person of recognized
authority in colonial architecture, visit Saint Augustine and meet the ad-
visory committee in order to exchange views leading to the final Ldi,-lr of
the restoration plans? This could be the first step in which our Govern-
ment could collaborate, Further collaboration could also be in the manu-
facturing of items which could prove to be easier and less costly to make
in Spain, such as tiles, carved doors and beams, carved stones (capital


letters, coats of arm, door heads), and furnishings for the finished buildings.
Also, when the work of the restoration would be on its way, we could provide
specialized workers, if necessary, such as tile settlers and wood and stone

These suggestions are independent of the ones which you may think
and in which we could participate.

I am writing an this subject also to Dr. Verne E. Chatelain, Professor
of History at the Maryland University, and to Mr. Frank D, Upchurch, President
of the Parks Board, Department of Interior, Washington, D. C.

I .should like to take this opportunity to extend to you my best
wishes for the success of your project.

Yours very sincerely,

Enrique Surez do Puga
Cultural Counsellor, a.i/


Dear Mr. Pallicer:

I suppose this is one of the things the Society will

never be able to do anything about, but it sure seems odd

to me that the Government would commission a man to Idraw

restoration plans for a house without first authenticating

beyond the shadow of a doubt that the site was correct.

Eleanor told me recently that she had had occasion to talk

with our friend Lawson, who admitted to her on the phone that

his records are mostly "common sense" on his part and not

supported by documents of any kind. He uses the Puente map
when it suits his purpose, but in this case when it does not,

he claims it is in error and told her you have to take the

documents ( which do not suit his story) with a grain of


Maybe if we can get "The %oore Attack" in print and send the

Babassy a copy it will help some.


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