June 20, 1963
Mrs. M. Y. Forxwrti, Fresident
The ~noen's Exchange
7t N. St. J gustine 'lvd.
St. Augustine, Fla.
Dear Mrs. Foworth:
I am writin- in supplement of ny earlier letter, to which we have had no answer,
relative to the Treasltr roof, becau-s we think it would be a tragedy to expend i1,255 On
the present modern roof which makes the building loo4ktodd and iuauthentio. Indeed, since
the City Gode requires that repairs and alterations be in accordance with St. Augustine r~
architecture, there is reasonable question whether it can be done any other way.
A news article reports you as saying you were "not interested in a restoration
project on the rcof." I am sure this must be a misquote, as is often the ease I feel
sure that any community group having custody of a historic house must be Literested in the
authenticity of what it does.
I should erahasize that the present r:of is not "ante-bellum." The roof we
think should be rla'cei d (as shown n i the ea, 1~20 photograph) is the ate-bellum roc f--
a hipped roof of much steeper slope. 2he present rocf was soe modern atte!.pt to sclve
the roofing problem in a cheap and ezay rmaner.
No one is proposing: restoration of the Spanish roof. It was originally a
one-story, flat roofed house, from what evidence we have. It would be wrong to tear off
the ante-bellum second story and try to back track on Dr, Peok's changes, iJe anree with
your policy of exhibiting it as an ante-bellum house. We only hope the mdodrn changes
(roof, bay windows, bathroom projections, balcony alteration) can be rectified one by
one, before 1965, when people will be viewing critically our over-all effort.
Can we help?
cc i'Mr. Barrier
r. dcl'fe Earle W Newton