NATIONAL QUADRICENTENNIAL COMMISSION
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
February 26, 1965
The Honorable Spessard L. Rollant
United tastes Senate
Senate Office building
Washington, D. C.
1arle Newton has returned with a discouraging report
as to 3. S. A. intentions for the Governor's Palaoe here.
In their mind, he says, it is just more square feet of
office spsoe, and they have no intentions of releasing it
to the Park Service or anyone else so long as there are
federal offices needing space. They have every intention
of remodeling the Post Office speoe for Selective Service
when the latter's lease expires where they are now. In the
meantime, they will let us ave the Post Office space during
1966, if we pick up the tab for remodeling and utilities
(the latter often runs several hundre-' a month). Of course
we have no funds to do so.
'errill has asked for a letter detailing our ambitions
for the building. Mr. Coles of G.S.A. Atlanta asked me the
same question and I told him we hoped to get it released to
the Park service and to persuade the Park Service to accept
it. I also took the liberty of saying to him that after the
labor our Senators and Representative had put in to get the
bullll'1n vacated of the Post Office, we certainly weren't
going to give up the building without a real struggle.
The Park Service locally has not been enthusiastic
about taking it over, but Earle has been endeavoring to
convince them that the building has historic merit, and
could also be useful to them as a museum buIlUing--familiar
at almost all national historic sites.
I'dr certainly appreciate it if you would call GS.A.
Administrator 4nott and register your feelings directly
with him. \
Is it possible we would need legislation to solve
I. E. Wolfe
cos Senator G. A. Smathers
Representative D. R. Matthews