Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Government House, Correspondence
Title: Funds Sought For Government House Project
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Title: Funds Sought For Government House Project
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Government House, Correspondence
Physical Description: Clipping/photocopy
Language: English
Creator: Carling, Anne
Publication Date: 1969
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Box: 8
Divider: Government House - Correspondence
Folder: Government House, Correspondence
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
48 King Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Government House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 48 King Street
Coordinates: 29.892465 x -81.313142
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Volume ID: VID00020
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By Restoration Agency:

Funds Sobught

For Government

House Project

By ANNE CARLING, Staff Writer
A separate capital outlay budget request to cover
the first phase of reconstruction of Government House
will be submitted to the state budget commission within
the next week, as a result of a meeting Wednesday after-
noon of the St. Augustine Historical Restoration and Pres-
ervation Commission.
The request, in the amount of ,,www, wwwwwtwwM
$447,951.52 for one year, is to would amount to $73,000.
cover reconstruction of the east The pay scal, as it now exists
wing of Government House, and was also the subject of discus-
is, stressed Bradley Brewer, sion, when Brewer announced
restoration commission direc- that both historians with the
tor, the first phase of an overall restoration commission had re-
plan to reconstruct this building signed. Commission member
which several restoration corn- Lewis remarked that the resig-
mission members termed Wed- nations didn't "speak well"
nesday, the most important for the commission's pay scale.
building in the restoration pro- The assistant historian, Miss
gram and one of the most sign- Ruth Kent, Brewer said, has re-
ificant buildings in Florida. signed and accepted a position
"It is the most important with the St. Augustine Histori-
building there is In the restora- cal Society, and the historian
tion area at this time, and I John Melzer, will work on a
personally believe," commented Ph D in Latin American history.
Herbert E. Wolfe, restoration Until both positions are filled,
chairman, "that it (Government Brewer said Mrs. Rita O'Brien
House) should be restored as of the commission staff will as-
nearly authentic as it can." sist in that department.
Echoing Chairman Wolfe's City Letter
feelings, commission member Brewer also read a letter
Lawrence Lewis added that from the City of St. Augustine,
Government House is the key, in which that body explained
the most significant building in that it expected to be in "tight
the state of Florida, and all financial problems," during the
members agreed that the corn- fiscal year 1969-70, and that
mission should make the re- there was a "possibility" that
quest for funds "as forceful as the commission might not re-
we can." ceive as much money as in the
The present building would be past.
completely demolished accord- (Continued on Page Ten)
ing to restoration plans, with
the reconstructed rather than
restored Government House, as
Lewis stressed to be authentic
in every detail, including all
parts handmade.
Other Action
In other action, the commis-
sion voted to present an appro-
priate resolution to state offi-
cials regarding the restoration
commission budget for the next
two years and a legislature- re-
commended pay raise for all
state agency employes.
The pay raise, as recommend-
ed for all state agencies, is in-
eluded in each agency's budget,
and the budget commission, in
the case of the restoration group
recommended the same appro-
priations for the next two years
as that of the last two-year bud-
get, with no additional funds
made available for the salary
raises. In the case of the restor-
ation group, the pay raises for
the next two year period, as
set down by the legislature,



^ ^ | Thursday Afternoon, March 20. 1969

Restoration Agency To Req est

Funds For Government Hous
(Continued from Page One) George Street area, should be
Brewer also announced that ready in the near future, Brew-
three gifts, an antique piano, an er said, and will be r noted as a
old loom and pre-Colombian ar- tourist-oriented busine s.
tifacts had been donated to the In the Aviles Stree area, he
commission, reported, the Florida, Medical
The piano, a hand carved Association has donatet d $1,930
grand piano dating to 1840, was to purchase manikins nd other
donated by Mrs. Van Marker items for the first floor exhibi-
Sr., of Ohio, and is valued at tion in the old hospital, and
$1,500, and the loom, made in funds are now being sought from
1790 and valued at $750, was pharmaceutical firms to fund
donated by her son, Van Marker the creation of a medical mu-
Jr., who resides in Tangerine. seum on the second floor.
The pre-Colombian artifacts, Dr. Carlton Calkin, restoration
valued at approximately $50, curator, reported that a new,
were donated by Miss Constance more colorful display is now be-
Wark and Ralph Wark of St. ing assembled' in the Florida
Augustine. Heritage House on King Street.
Progress was also noted in In other action, the commis-
the restoration area, with the sion approved the request of
saddle and harness shop and Brewer to attend the annual
shingle-splitting additions to the meeting of the American Asso-
craft exhibits, the creation of citation of Museums, to be held
the restoration greenhouse and the end of May in San Frkncia-
the reconstruction of the Lo- co. Brewer has attended this
renzo-Gomez House, which dates meeting for the past nine years.
back to the first Spanish period. Corporation Report ;
The house, in the north St. Following the restoration com-
mission meeting, William F. Rol-
leston, president of, the St. Au-
gustine Restoration, Inc., gave a
brief financial and progress re-
port, including progress on the
restoration of the Old Spanish
Treasury, the purchase of a piece
of property on Spanish Street
and the financial status of the
Lawrence Lewis, chairman of
the corporation board, commend-
ed Rolleston for his work and
noted that although Rolleston
had agreed to accept a salary
as president of the corporation,
he had deferred acceptance cf it

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