Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Llambias Block 39A
Title: [Letter to Xavier L. Pellicer]
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Title: Letter to Xavier L. Pellicer
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Llambias Block 39A
Physical Description: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Tabor, Grace
Publication Date: 1946
Physical Location:
Box: 7
Divider: Block 39A
Folder: Llambias B39A
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
31 Saint Francis Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Llambias House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Fernandez-Llambias House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 31 Saint Francis Street
Coordinates: 29.887768 x -81.310887
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Bibliographic ID: UF00094868
Volume ID: VID00028
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: B39A

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133 Cordoba Street, St. Augustine, August 9,1946

My dear Mr. Pellioer;

Yesterday in company with Mr. Ayres I went
through the Llambias house. Notwithstanding the
necessity for restoration work (there is no kit-
chen at all, ahd some walls are peeling badly)
I am definitely interested in renting it to occu-
py it as my private home. Some arrangement could
be made beyond a doubt whereby the Historical
Society would let me assume the cost of recondi-
tioning it for occupancy, without of course chang-
ing it in any way.

Since I am a stranger, it is perhaps in order
for me to furnish the trustees or committee in
charge of this property with enough autobiograph-
ical data to enable them to judge whether or no
I may be a suitable person to become their tenant
of this property. This being the case, will you
please pardon the personal nature &f what follows?

I mentioned to you that my profession is landscape
architecture; which I have privately practiced
since 1914-15, principally around New York City.
Because of this professional background the Nation-
al War Garden Commission sent me on a promotional
lecture tour during the first World war in the in-
terest of food production in War Gardens. As the
war came to an end I was made chairman of the Agricultur
al Section of Miss Anne Morgan's Committee for Devas-
tated France and served in this capacity during the
life of this Committee. Became associate editor of
ant to the Director, N Y State School of Applied
Agriculture on Long Island; and as a landscape archi-
tect was asked by the WOMAN'S HOME COMPANION maga-

zine to establish a Garden Department in that mag-
azine and give them half of my time as its editor.

This association began in 1925 and led inevitably
to virtually a nation-wide acquaintance with garden
minded readers and friends. It became so absorbing
that it was not possible to accept the invitation
received from the School of Horticulture for Women,
at Ambler, Pennsylvania, to become Director of that

Writing, lecturing and making gardens have thus
given me exceptional opportunities for knowing, and
being known by, the horticultural world of the U.S.
both amateur and professional. It seems to me that
it could be no disadvantage to the Llambias place, with
its nice old garden and that garden's possibilities
when well maintained, to let me make my home there.
As its tenant I would be willing to open the garden
to the public without fee between certain hours on
certain days, or even daily if that were necessary
to accommodate visitors. For I am and have always been
deeply concerned with the significance of gardens
in home making, and I will always do everything in
my power to convince the world of their importance
and to encourage every home make to regard his
garden and its values as an integral necessity to
the completeness of his home.

Thank you for your interest, and believe me,

Very sincerely yours,

Mr. Xavier L. Pellioer
St. Augustine National Bank
St. Augustine

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