July 14, 1963
Memo: To Restoration Commission
Copy to iMir. Wolfe
In my search for sites owned by important officials
I have found this item.
Presently I am at work on my July assignments for
Restoration. These cover all of Treasury Street,
Block "P", currently housing the Snow property, the
full block, taking it through the British Period as
Also all of Aviles Street with emphasis on the O'Reilly
House and all of Block "S", the Casahonda property.
I mention here just the corner house of Charlotte and
the Plaza. In my searches I inspected properties just
across the street from Block "P"(Snow property)
Today this is a building with real estate offices,
Abstract office, the Bank parking lot and the Court House.
It was here on the Plaza corner that I found in 1763
one of the houses in possession of the Spanish Treasurer,
DON JUAN ESTEVAN de PENA. His other was the house we call
today the OLDTREISURY.
In 1763, No. 198 on Plaza corner was the houses of Don
Estevan de Pena, ROYAL TREASURER.
On Moncrief, British Map...1765, Mr. Gordon lived here.
Various mention of him is made in British records.
DeBrahm's List, 1771, gives him Arthur Gordon, ATTORNEY
GENERAL. He died in 1778.
During 2nd Spanish period this house was called the
"ROYAL TREASURY". ee Escrituras, No. 46 8/6/1787
for confirmation of title. The other, the one we called
Treasury today was listed in Escrituras as OLD Treasury.
What a find to restore!
House of Spanish Royal Treasurer, home of
the British Attorney General, later the
ROYAL TREASURY, 2nd Spanish perw. J.