CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
CONDITION & RECOMMENDATIONS
PREPARED BY HISTORIC PROPERTIES ASSOCIATES
July 23, 1988
GENEPAL DESCRIPTION: TheI fl -a:-t 1 nf is supported bv a composite
base which haE o:. C Cr l o'er -.ection and a bronze upper
section. The lower section is composed of three shell-agqregate
concrete steps and circular drum covered with a stucco which has
a (sharp quartz sand ?) exposed anaregate surface. The aqareqate
is finer than that on the Ponce St '1"-,.
The upper section of the base is a bronze cylindrical casting
with six shields or medallions aoolled over a leaf motif. They
are inscribed with various historic dates and events. The
cylinder is stamped C.A.PILLARS s.c. i-n the bottom of the south
side and has an applied plaque which reads. "PRESENTED TO THE
CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE BY ANDREW ANDAESuN M.D."
The base is surrounded by pourc' r oi i "'e sidewa Ilk with th,
same exposed aqoregate \as he hb-e.
The flagstaff it':elf wan. fabric H d ',' in tlhre ste-r' tubes of
decreasing diameter, slid inside nre o:hpr. The cncrv'et base has;
a large diameter pi p set vr; r +1 1. h:. th .'t ends to just above
the top of the bron7z cy blinder The' bot:totm 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
2. If a visual inspection of the socket and base does not reveal
any gross abnormalities, assess the structural integrity of the
socket and the base of the flagstaff through non-destructive
testing based on calculations of hurricane-force wind loading.
3. Conduct historic research in an attempt to locate the
original plans and specifications or other information which
would be useful in preservation activities associated with this
4. If the inspection indicates that the base is structurally
sound, replace and/or stabilize the existing stucco on the drum
and steps. Work should be based on the results of the historic
research and field trials.
5. Should inspection reveal that the base is structurally
unsound, dismount the flagstaff and bronze cylinder, demolish and
reconstruct the base as necessary to return it to a sound
condition, restucco, and reassemble cylinder and flagstaff.
6. 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.............. 635.00
2. Conduct non-destructive testing .............. 1070.00
3. Conduct historic research ................... 440.00
4. Repair/replace stucco.........................1880.00
5. Rebuild masonry base .........................7540.00
6. Clean & wax bronze cylinder.................. 1400.00
TOTAL (W/O Base Rebuild).....................5425.00
TOTAL (W/ Base Rebuild).....................11085.00
HISTORIC PROPERTIES ASSOCIATES
INSPECTION OF FLAGSTAFF MONUMENT
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
September 20, 1988
A report on the condition of this monument prepared by the
Associates, dated July 23, 1988, recommended an inspection of the
flagstaff base to determine it's structural integrity. It was
felt at that time that it would require the removal of the bronze
cylinder to make that determination. As a part of the preparation
to remove the cylinder it was found that by the use of a strong
light and a mirror, a satisfactory inspection of the flagstaff
base could be achieved without removal. This was done early in
the morning of September 20, 1988.
The inspection revealed that the socket and it's supporting
masonry are in excellent condition. There was no evidence of
corrosion nor were any cracks or other deformities noted in the
supporting masonry. It appears that the socket is isolated from
the masonry by a lead collar approximately .5" wide. This would
effectively isolate the galvanized socket from the effects of the
On the basis of this inspection, it is our considered opinion
that the flagstaff is structurally sound and that no further
testing is warranted at this time.