June 24, 1963
Mr. Earle W. Newton,
Restoration and Preservation Commission
P..O. Box 484
St. Augustine, Florida
Replying to your letter of June 20th, concerning the proposed re-
roofing of the Anna G. Burt House (Spanish Treasury) by the City of
St. Augustine, we would like to clarify the attitude and thinking
of the members of the Woman's Exchange regarding the project.
In beginning, let me say that we were misquoted out of context, when
meeting with the City Commission several days ago. Our inference was
that due to the extreme necessity of getting the roof repaired or
replaced in order to protect the valuable contents of the building,
we approached the Commission with a single purpose of mind. To stop
the water from penetrating the building. During the discussion, res-
toration was mentioned. At that point it is conceivable that it was
said that we were not interested in restoration so much at the present,
but rather to fix the roof. I am sure you can understand how this
might have been misinterpreted and misquoted. Since this meeting, Mr.
Robert Andreu, Attorney for the City of St. Augustine has informed.me
that the city has actually appropriated the money for the new roof.
At the same time, he wrote the Florida National Bank in Jacksonville,
who are Trustees for the Anna G. Burt Estate, asking if they had any
objection to the city doing this work and paying the entire costs
thereof. He also asked them if they had any objection to restoring the
roof, and if they would participate in the cost of this portion of the
work. To date he has had no reply to either question.
No member of the Exchange is opposed to authenic restoration of the
building provided funds are available. This can be borne out by the
fact that less than two years ago, we worked closely with you office,
and with Mr. Gold, who was employed by you, in a limited amount of
interior restoration and a quite comprehensive repair project on the
exterior. The Woman's Exchange expended several thousand dollars of
it's own funds to have this work done.
The present roof is now leaking water.into the building and the con-
dition is getting progressively worse. The present covering of the
roof is metal. We have been advised by competent roofers that repairs,
even of a temporary nature, or not possible or advisable. Since the
Exchange is without funds, we asked that the city effect these repairs
and bear the entire cost. Since the building is actually the property
of the city, or left in trust to them, it would appear that the final
approach and solution to the problem rests between you and the City
Commission. Personally, and as a body, the members of the Woman's
Exchange would be delighted to have the roof restored and recovered
in an authenic manner, provided funds can be found to do this. We
quite naturally would be opposed to seeing whatever is to be done
delayed to such, an extent that water will destroy all that has been
You asked if you could help. I feel that you can do so by attending
the next meeting of the City Commission on Friday June 28th, and
attempt to work this out between you. Everyone seems to be in full
accord on restoration, but the stumbling block seems to be lack of
money. If I cam be of any help to you, please call on me.
Mrs.,M. M. Foxworth, Jr.
Pres. Woman's Exchange
CC: Mr. Herbert Wolfe
Mr. Chas. Barrier