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Bender & Associates

May 2,1997

Mr. William Welch
Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601

Re: Letter of Reference

Dear Bill:

Just a short note to thank you for your participation in the Key West Custom House Restoration.

As you are aware, the Richardsonian Romanesque Custom House is one of the most significant historic structures in the State of Florida. As such, our specifications required pre-qualification of all masons who were to touch historic fabric. No power tools were allowed and all work had to match existing, including the color of the mortar, joint size and decorative beading of the joints.

Your work was impeccable and without reproach. You were pleasant, easy to work with, knowledgeable and a true craftsman. I thoroughly enjoyed having you on my job and would welcome you back for any future project.

Please feel free to use this letter as a reference for future projects.

Thanks again and best of luck with your future endeavors.


Bert L. Bender Architect


720 Caroline Street

Key West, Florida 33040 
Florida License AA C002022