Presi6io 6e $an Agustin Commiusion
3580 Uone WolfIrail
$t Augustine, T 32086
Mr. George Percy, Director
Division of Historic Resources
Department of State
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Dear Mr. Percy:
I am writing on behalf of myself and of our commission to urge your support for the
Special Category Grant for Historic Preservation made by the City of St. Augustine for the repair
and restoration of the exterior of the east tower of the National Register of Historic Places (1971)
Alcazar Hotel/City Hall in downtown St. Augustine. The state of deterioration of this elegant
building requires that the petitioned repairs be made as soon as possible. I shall not waste your
time explaining the historic value of the building. You have been in St. Augustine, know the
building (and others) and how it fits into the fabric of both our current lifestyle and our history.
What I do want to point out to you is that our "loyal and valorous" city is in the stages of
an historical renaissance and that this project fits in this renewal process like a piece of a puzzle.
"We" took responsibility for the former Preservation Board properties and are renovating them.
The Government House has undergone roof and other renovations. Old St. Augustine Village is
very near opening and dedication. And later this year, we will start the largest new historic re-
creation in years: the Cubo Defense Line and Santo Domingo Redoubt. Much of this is
happening because of a core group of historic minded citizens who serve on various boards,
commissions and history related civic groups. One has to stand back to get the longer view of our
history. If one does, one cannot escape this observation.
I'm sure you have made this observation also, and that's why I urge you to continue your
generous support of our dreams of making San Agustin the crown jewel of Spanish History on
Very truly yours,
May 16, 1999
H. Carl Hoefer, Jr., Chair