5 Deeeber 1W60
Mrs. leanor P. ae..
2$ taMillan Street
St. Augustine, Florida
Dear Mrs. Barnes
Thanks very much for your oomants 4a the "odrig uezIs iuse. When doing morn
architectural investigation we rea up against Uhe probls of the relationship of
the "bodrigues" Hcuse to the preseb.L structure. '%atkins" had no relationship to
its origin, so Va discarded that. Rodrigna had it before Aatonia Avro (in 1763).
Yet we can sea froa ,uenteas key mtV a Obul fMasurewmnts of the house sncwn on
iooque that the house in those cays was amoh smealr tnan bre dis.aseions of Lte
present one, shat we were not sure was whether this smalLer hoase stood against
the north (Arrivas) line, or towards the center of the lot.
then Mrs. Seneths sold to Parades In 1803 she agreed to reinforce his housr
against the house whiah remained hers. If the small house was against the north
line, then it nad b.en enlarged to its preseeit dimensions by 1803, or the old house
torn down and a new one built. r-ru. Sanceas speaks of the "nsm,' house wlI th her
deeased husband had built. But in oheocine the possibility that the earlier house
had been inoorporated within a later one, the aronitect examAring it conceded that
a house so greatly eamnded could readily b, bterned "aew.!
Bot we do not nave the document seovering the 1813 sale by Mrs. banobes to Pedro
Fuoahg only an extrast. Il it charesterised as a wood house i' this docament
(S. YLU, Papoere, Library of Gonrnsm)?
The general arohiteetural character of the second story is no earlier than about
1830. If the small Aodrigues" house Vs" pulled down for a "new" ,aahw s wood house
(ea. 1808) was this then o down again tre e or fear decade later to erect tn
present combination masonry-wood building?
we ae still not sure that the original Rdrigues house is not buried in the
present one. dut we are ready to alter te ciat* if ikuorreot.
Everything mes to reinforce the location of the Salasar Houte -a being Ia
the area just south of the Plasa.
is' Eleanor P. brass
Thanks very mach for your cowments on first Spanish houses Mrs. diles also
suggests the ?4ovt House it awato seems ~ore important tnan the "Olaest Mouse.
I kow bte Lindaley House is Vatly shaged, both Ainside, on its roof, and
its windows. But if it ves a wo story house of these diuinsiona before 17T, it
constitutes less of a problem tha something like the Arrivas House, built before
1763, but which expanded, contracted, had at least two different second stories,
The Penalosa-Avero house seems to be only the front portion of thfe large
ABsion shm on o ooque but its dimensions mtch that portion fairly well. I
vih aw had a record of Jut t ta raser did.
h.arle VW Newton