14 April 1971
Mr. William B. Towers
Florida Title Building
Dear Mr. Towers
Your mother has requested that I write to you in
regards to the projected restoration of her newly aoquirbd
house on Treasury Street. She has asked me to outline some of
the procedures involved as well as the time and money required
to pursue these.
It would be my reooomendation, based on past experience,
to engage a reputable wrecking firm in Jacksonville to remove the
20th century structure to the east as well as sote of the later
additions to the rear of the historic building. I have no idea
of the expense involved but I, a sure they would be glad to give
you an estimate. There is one local individual who does wreok-
ing on a part-time basis which you might inquire of. Bis name
is William Forrester, 115 Bridge St., St. Augustine, Fla. 32084.
I would suggest due caution should you decide to engage this
individual as we have had some problem with him in the past in
his securing the necessary insurance, etc. I would not re-
ommend trying to salvage any building materials from this
structure to be used in later restoration as the danger of in-
seat infestation as well as the tremendous labor cost involved
would preclude this.
I would also suggest thb appointment of a competent
architect to supervise the overall project. I Right suggest
Miss Lea Wells, 66 Sypolita St., and Craig Thorn, 1 Aviles St.,
both of St. Augustine; as well as Bersehel 3. Shepard, Jr.,
456 University Blvd. oerth, Jacksonville.
As a state agency involved in restoration we are
able to assist private individuals to the extent of providing
professional advice and consultation with the supervising
architect to insure an aseeurate restoration. We are further
empowered to conduct arehaeologioal-architectural research on
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private property, the only expense to the property owner being
the casual labor needed to conduct the excavation. In this
partesolar instance I would estimate a coast not in oxoe,* of
91,000, provided the later addition had been removed by the
In regards to the overall project eooet, a rough
estimate might be $35 $45 per square foot, depending on the
extent of the project.
Tour mother also mentioned the possibility of oon-
structing a garage apartment on the rear of the east lot for
the use of a caretaker. We would auoh prefer to see a low
one story Inooneplejous structure built for this purpose so
not to detraot from the historic integrity of the area.
Please feel free to oall eO if I can be of any
further asetstanoe in this matter.
Robert H. Stelnbaoh
Director of Reearoh