CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
CONDITION & RECOMMENDATIONS
PREPARED FOR HISTORIC PROPERTIES ASSOCIATES
July 12, 1988
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The flagstaff is supported by a composite
base which has a concrete lower section and a bronze upper
section. The lower section is composed of three shell-aggregate
concrete steps and circular drum covered with a stucco which has
a (sharp quartz sand ?) exposed aggregate surface. The aggregate
is finer than that on the Ponce Statue.
The upper section of the base is a bronze cylindrical casting
with six shields or medallions applied over a leaf motif. They
are inscribed with various historic dates and events. The
cylinder is stamped C.A.PILLARS s.c. on the bottom of the south
side and has an applied plaque which reads, "PRESENTED TO THE
CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE BY ANDREW ANDERSON M.D."
The base is surrounded by a poured concrete sidewalk with the
same exposed aggregate as the base.
The flagstaff itself was fabricated from three steel tubes of
decreasing diameter, slid inside one other. The concrete base has
a large diameter pipe set vertically which extends to just above
the top of the bronze cylinder. The bottom section of the
flagstaff is welded to this sleeve.
SIDEWALK It is in generally good condition. There is no
appreciable settlement. There is a minor crack in the northwest
section but it does not constitute a hazard to pedestrians.
MASONRY STEPS Severe delamination of the stucco from the riser
substrate has taken place. The cause is unknown at this time.
Numerous cracks in the stucco were also noted.
MASONRY DRUM OR SURROUND The stucco is severely cracked.
Delamination is apparent in several areas.
BRONZE CYLINDER There is no evidence of active corrosion on the
surfaces. Some discoloration due to the presence of iron oxides
was noted. It was impossible to thoroughly inspect the interior,
however it appears to be in good condition.
FLAGSTAFF The exposed surfaces seem to be sound and in good
condition. It was not possible to inspect the junction of the
flagstaff socket and the concrete base, which is an area of
1. Inspect the base of the flagstaff by lifting the bronze
cylinder. Assess the structural integrity of the socket and the
base of the staff through non-destructive testing. If necessary,
remove the flagstaff and make any repairs as determined by the
2. Conduct historic research in an attempt to locate the
original plans and specifications or other information which
PRIORITIZED RECOMMENDATIONS: cont.
would be useful in preservation activities associated with this
3. Based on the results of the historic research and field
trials, formulate specifications for the repair and replacement
of the stucco on the masonry base and steps.
4. Have the bronze cylinder cleaned and waxed.
NOTE: ALL WORK SHOULD BE DOCUMENTED THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS, LOG
BOOKS, AND A FINAL REPORT.
ESTIMATED COST BY RECOMMENDATION:
1. Inspect flagstaff base & socket .............
2. Conduct historic research....................
3. Repair/replace stucco ...... .. .............
4. Clean & wax bronze cylinder .................
Robert H. Steinbach