April 18, 1963
Mrs. Julia J. ioueley
340 Charlotte Street
St. Augustine, Fla.
Dear Mrs. 1mseleys
With the quadricentennial year of 1965 approaching, we would like very
much to confer with a committee of the Colonial Dames as to the development of
projects which might represent their contribution to the celebration of this
moat important national anniversary. I should think that these activities
might well center around the already handsomely restored Fatio House maintained
by the Colonial Dams.
I wonder if I might make a couple of minor suggestions which might be
done at a moderate cost in relationship to the house, which would carry its
restoration along mush further by 1965? For example, you will notice that the
earliest photographs of the house show the dormer windows with clipped back
eaves. If this could be done it would help immnasely in the authentic exterior
appearance of the house. Perhaps also you would be able to restore the original
Spanish wall along Aviles Street. It would not be necessary to completely des-
troy the modern wall which stands there at the present tise Ia order to do this,
since a large portion of it is of coquina. It would only be necessary to remove
the iron and fill in with coquina and raise it to a higher level.
Two major projects which might be considered would be the acquisition
of the two lots to the rear of the house, and the removal of the modern houses
there, which detract so munh from the Fatio House on the Cadis Street side.
Doing this would complete the entire block on the GCadi, Aviles and Artillery
Lane sides. At a later date, or as a part of this project, you might like to
restore the one or two small houses which stood on this property an Gadia Street,
which could be rented for income if desired.
Mrs. Julia J. Mosele page two April 18, 1963
Then there is also the project of Andres limness store. Ju4ag from
the doougnts which your historical albua includes, the store-for which you
have a remarkably ocaplete invantory- wtood in one of the buildings near the
house which no longer exists. It is possible that archaeological research
could locate this. If you like, we wvoe be veTy glad to provide expert super-
vision for such an archaeological effort. If for any reason it would be im-
possible to rebuild this and equip it by 1965, you might even install it
temporarily in the building which stands On your property and which had pre-
viously been rented. Sow moRdest changes to the building as it stands could
turn it into an adequate temporary Spanish building which could house the store
until the original could be authentically rebuilt.
We would also be very glad to eonfer with the Seciety to see if there
is any way in whioh the house eeould be open mere often. It is one of the out-
stausing restored properties in t. Augastine, and I am sure it is a great
disappointment to many visitors who cons on days other than Thursday, in the
winter, not to be able to see it.
I think you might also want to give the house its proper historic
title. From the documents, it seem rather clear that Andres Ximenes built this
house between 1797 and 1803. It ought to earry his name. However, it has been
known so long as the Fatio House, that you night like to consider a combination
nea, such limenes-Fati House. This would preserve the local and sentimental
oanneotions with the Fatio family, but give the building the name of its first
owner, as is proper in all historic house terminology. Undoubtedly the real
original FPatio house will be rebuilt by the Restoration within a few years, and
then we would have two Fatio houses.
It was pleasant to have you with us on the trip to Spain; you contri-
buted a great deal of good humor. I hope you have fully recovered from the
exhausting effects of the experience.
Karle W. Newton