Tabby Wall at 214 St. George St.
Subject: Tabby Wall at 214 St. George St.
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 23:12:35 EST
I wanted to let you know we are in receipt of your report & recommendations, etc., that you forwarded to our
The report appears to be complete and descriptive relative to the wall itself. As for your recommendations for
opening to view and document the posts I couldn't agree more and appreciate your interest in following through on
documenting the findings. Your overall suggestion and process for cleaning, filling, coating, etc., in preserving the
wall we have no problem with and hope that Richard Hernandez is willing and able to perform the task. We like
your wording and layout for a plaque for the wall,
thank you. The report on the house by Joyce Harmon, we already had but again thank you for taking the time to
help us in seeking out information pertaining to the house / property.
The check is in the mail for your services and you should be receiving it any day. I do have a few questions
regarding material we reviewed I thought you could answer via e-mail.
1. Definition of what tabby is and its make up.
2. Was tabby used for more than constructing walls, e.g., floors?
S3. What bonding materials were used to keep oyster shells intact for walls, floors,
4. What kind of walls does the Rielly house have and might this conflict with our
wall, "being the only known example of a colonial tabby wall in St. Augustine?"
-5. Is there a difference between a tabby wall and a colonial tabby wall?
6. What are your thoughts on leaving a small section exposed for public viewing,
(pros and cons).
'7. Should we give a copy of this report to the City of St. Augustine for their
records, Bill Adams & Charles Tingley?
8. Have you forwarded a copy to Richard Hernandez? Any reason why Richard
can't get started as soon as he is available?
Your help in answering the above questions would be most appreciated.
Regards, Don Bessey
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1. Tabby is a form of concrete made from equal parts of shell, lime,-aeM sand. 4 L
2. Whole oyster shell was used in wall construction, crushed oyster or coquina shell
was used in floors.
3. Lime was the bonding material in the mix.
4. The walls of the O'Rilley house are basically coquina stone with some partial in
fills of tabby. They are considered to be composite construction and not true
5. The only difference between a colonial and post-colonial wall is the date of it's
construction. Walter Frazier did build a number of tabby walls prior to WW II but
used portland cement instead of lime as the binder. Examples surround the
Fountain of Youth Park.
6. I would not be opposed to leaving a small section of the wall, such as the east
end, exposed if it were treated with a polymer and monitored for further
7. The St. Augustine Historical Society and the City of St. Augustine would be
excellent depositories for the report.
8. I haven't sent Richard a copy, but will be glad to. -, c ,
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