November 9th 1953.
Judge David R. Dunham.
St. Augustine Nat. Bank Building.
St. Augustine, Fla.
In accordance with the conversation I had
recently with you, Mrs Estas and X. L. Pellicer concerning
the repairs that the Public Library building so urgently
requires, I wish to say that on November 7th I met
Everett B. Meade by appointment at the Library building,
and I discussed with him in detail the estimate he sub-"
mitted in his letter to Mrs Eates of September 19th, and
at the same time we made a tour of the building.
I made it clear to Meade that our intention is
neither to restore, nor to modernize the Library building,
but only to preserve it, either in the way it is now, or
it was just before some of the temporary repairs that were
made to prevent further deterioration. In the ease of the
roof, in my opinion, the dutch lap grey asbestos shingles
that Meade suggests is most suitable. He showed me a roof
made of that material and it looks exactly like a slate
roof, which is undoubtedly the type of roof the building
had before the present red tile roof (imitation brick)
was put on some years ago, and most of which has been
removed, except on the dormer windows where it makes a
conspicuously poor showing.
As regards the total cost, Meade quoted in
his letter to Mrs Ests the sum of $7,891.33 including
10% for supervision, and he feels certain it will not
cost more than that, while on the other hand, he may
be able to do it for a little lesser although for our
purposes it is not safe to count on it. It is customary
for him to render his bills after the end of each month
for the work done and the materials purchased, which
procedure should be satisfactory to us. He also mentioned
that in the purchase of materials he will be able to
save us the Florida Sales Tax because of the tax-exempt
status of the Library. He has a blanket authority from
the State of Florida to do that, but he reminded us that
in that case we will have to return to him the actual
bills for materials after we have examined them so that
he can have them in his files when the State official
checks his records*
As you know, the Library has about $1000.* in
its Building Fund available for that purpose, so that
we would need about $7000.- more to meet the total cost
of these repairs, and I wish that you, and some other
members of the Committee handling the Fund for the
Restoration and Preservation of Historical Buildings in
St. Augustine could givr'the assurance that at least
$7000.- of the moneys in that Fund will be available
for this purpose so that I can tell Meade to go ahead
with the work. He thinks he could get started on it
not later than one month after I tell him to go ahead,
and it may be within three weeks.
I would like to add that if you so desire it,
I will be glad to act as inspector or supervisor of this
work, examining the work periodically, checking the bills,
and doing anything that may be necessary to see that the
work is properly and economically done.
I am earnestly hoping for an early and favorable
reply because of the urgent nature of the matter. The
building is now in such a poor condition that a heavy
rain would cause such additional damage as to make future
repairs a great deal more expensive, and probably render
the building untenantable.
copy tot Mrs Estes.