Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Government House, Local Projects
Title: [Letter to Spessard L. Holland]
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Title: Letter to Spessard L. Holland
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Government House, Local Projects
Physical Description: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Newton, Earle W.
Publication Date: 1963
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Box: 8
Divider: Government House - Projects & Exhibits
Folder: Government House, Local Projects
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Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
48 King Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Government House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 48 King Street
Coordinates: 29.892465 x -81.313142
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Volume ID: VID00005
Source Institution: University of Florida
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SI HISTORICAL RESTORATION AND
S- PRESERVATION COMMISSION
A FLORIDA STATE COMMISSION
ay 6, 1963 P. O. Box 484
EARLE W. NEWroN, Executive Director 46 St. George St.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA


Sem.er speasard L. Holland
aLited tates Swat*
Senate Offi*e Building
laldmagton, U. C.

I dear Senater Bollsad:

It m a pleasure to have a chance to talk with you in Washington, in cacpan with
BLly Mktther, about the problem involved in the appropriation for the aedrioenten-
sLal Omissioa. I hope yon wmre able to clarity with Mr. W.rth the problem of inolad-
iang j0,000 of the $500,000 he thikn e oessary for the operation of the CoMamsioa,
in the NatJaoal Park Service appropriation, now undar ocanideratioe in.the Senate oom.
ittee. I think it was a very ocmaiderable concession on his part to be willing to
insert this in their appropriation and to take on the potential pi emec of the
building for the period of the celebration. He agrees to this only if the tate will
take over title to the building afterward if the Park Service finds that it oannt be
made an appropriate part of its mission in St. Anguatia.o I should think either the
Restoration Comadaraon or the Restoration Corporation would be delighted to have such
a maifieamt gift. But this all presumas our success in obtaining its release by
the Poet Offloe Departmnt, first to another federal agency, and finally to the State
of Florida.

It is transparently clear that a transfer of this kind would not have high priority
m te Post Office Departant's list. They have any other post offices needing re-
ploemint re urgently, they feel. But the do concede that the on-ooming qaadrioen-
teannis and the fact that the building is the ancient Governor's Palace and therefore
central and eritioal to the restoration effort, constitutes a special situation. Tky
have agreed to ake a thorough investigation of the problem We in turn have one or
tue pessibdlties for them here, Just dagonally across the street fro the present
looSatIa, bre a poet office could be built on a leased basis very quickly, without
Cogresionaal appropriation.

At the first meeting of the National Coisasien, there seed to be general approval
ao the attempt to oeater the quadrioent.nnial oelebration around five principal a~hibition
eeaters, Spmiash, igUis, Laain American, United States, and Florida. aeek of thew
mld beoeme the center, not only of abhibits in these areas, but of a great variety
of other events ich would fall within their context.




KRIIT L. WOLFI' WILLIAM L. SIMS. II J. IAXTON LLOYD EDWARD BALL AMN T. DELL
HAIIIAMIAN WOITRUAL. VCl CHAIRMAN 101 FLA. NATIONAL BANK *LD. S .. a. PI rl T ITRIIT
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snwator Spessard L. Holland


The Spanish government has oomitted itself to at least 100,000, and we have taken
option o the first pieoe of property which would be involved in their Center. They are
also planning many other areas of participation, and themselves have proposed an idea
for an eventual ulti-mdllioa dollar project here. We have initiated approaches to the
British, and I have talked with Dr. Morra, Secretary General of the O.A*4., with respect
to the Latin Aeoricaa Center (whioh would have to be financed from private sources). We
think it most essential that there be both a United States and Florida Center, in view
of the other international participation. The Governor a Palace is the only building
which could be quickly remodeled for the purpose, in tim.

In addition to the five projected centers above, the Archbishop told us at the
first mreting, before your arrival, that the Church plans to erect an exhibition center
itself, in which its invaluable archives and other materials could be displayed to the
public daring what is for them a great Catholic celebration. This really constitutes a
sixth exhibition center. In addition to this, they have set up a project for the ereo-
tiOn of a great illuminated cross in the Bay at the site of Menendes' landing, and of
ocrse have also launched a long term campaign for a great votive Church. They have
set scholars at work at man aspects of the quadrioentennial and plan on a variety of
publications.

I do believe that the participation of the Spanish government, the prospective
interest of the Organisation of American States, the initial effort which the State of
Florida has already mde in respect to the restoration of the city, and what the com-
munity itself has already done makes a strong case for federal participation.

We are not asking for the federal government to take over this matter and finance
it. The ooemmity itself has raised almost one-third of a illi on dollars, the state
has already expended a third of a million dollars, and we are now asing the federal
gevernaent to equal that amount. This great national celebration would therefore be
financed in a million dollar project, equally by' a three.

In addition to this, we do feel that these permanent exhibition centers should be
built by the Uaited States government and the State of Florida, to oomplement those
ominmg in under international auspices.
Cordially,



Earle V. Nt
abeoutive Director
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