NATIONAL QUADRICENTBENIAL COMMISSION
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
July 6, 1965 ,
The onngorable George A. S9athers '
United States Senate P
San~tC Off10e Nilding
Washfton, D. C.
I agree; Lawson B. Knott's letter with respect
to the old "Goverraent House" here in St. Augustiun is
not quite what we had in mind, abt it is a starting point.
It should be pointed out to him that this Feder-
al Commission has not yet received any funds from the
federal government, and it therefore cannot commit itself
to undertake to pay any erJenses, whether of moving and
lease eosts, or of maintenance and operating costs. In
view of the laok of an appropriation, it aight be appr6-
priate to ask the General Serries Aaministration to
service this Federal Cowmiasion by handling this thea-
The National Park Service is hard at work on
the matter of determining the historical signifieanee of
the building (thore is no question as to the site), and
plans for its ultimate use will depend very substantially
on their verdict.
4e are concerned mostly about the availability
of the building when the Pest Office Department vaeates
marly next year, although we are happy to accept the offer
of such space as is now available in the meantime, in the
lower bby of the east wing, and the east wing offices
vacated by the National Park Service, and occupied by the
Bureau of Chustoms and the F.B.I. These latter two are
very muoh part-tile offices, and perhaps same alternate
solution can be found for them. We understand a couple
of Department of Agriculture employees slipped out of
their offices into the ones vacated by the National Park
Service, but we presume that they could be reinoorporated
into their old space.
Quarters are getting very IJmed in the three
rooas at the Arrivas House, and these offices could be
used to very good advantage.
The Honorable George A. Saathers
July 6, 1965
Would you think the attached draft alght be the
basis of an appropriate reply to the Adidah strator?
,. R. Wolfe