GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
it Washington 25, D.C.
JAN 8 1965
Mr. Earle W. Newton
National Quadricentennial Commission
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Dear Mr. Newton:
Thank you for your generous letter of December 23, 1964, with its
commendation of our plans for historical studies of significant
public buildings. We are gratified that you found our study of the
Executive Office Building satisfying.
We also are pleased that our regional office in Atlanta is furnishing
you with copies of the available drawings of the Federal Building at
St. Augustine. A conversation with the regional office about taking
part in a historical study of the building suggests that, although
our people in Atlanta would like to be of service, the best sources
of information probably are in St. Augustine and in Washington.
We would be glad to explore the information here. A reconnaissance
of the records which General Services Administration is holding in the
National Archives indicates that at least two record groups may con-
tain records in the colonial period and since the cession to the United
States in 1819. The Department of Interior and other Government agencies
also may have pertinent historical data. It would help us if your people
could supply us with specific points on which they need information to
supplement local sources.
As an.alternative you may wish to ask the Department to consider regis-
tering the building as a National Historic Landmark. To do so you should
address a request to the Secretary of the Interior. We have enclosed
leaflets which describe the registry procedures and the Department's ac-
tivity. You will note that the National Park Service makes field surveys
to collect the necessary facts. The information would contribute to the
quality of your study.
Our historical series is concerned with the Washington area where we have
a full schedule of historic buildings. To extend the studies to Federal
buildings in other areas would lead to innumerable requests. We will be
glad, however, to assist you in whatever limited way we can if you will
let us know your wishes.
In the meantime we are enclosing information which may add to your
knowledge of the building. The pages were reproduced from A History
of Public Buildings Under the Control of the Treasury Department which
the Government Printing Office published in 1901. The print of the
photograph is, of course, unreproducible in this form, but it shows
how the building looked at the turn of the century. If your people
should like a glossy photographic print we will forward one at once
on your request.
Lawson B. Knott, 'Jr.