Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Flagstaff Monument
Title: Flagstaff Monument, City of St. Augustine, Florida
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 Material Information
Title: Flagstaff Monument, City of St. Augustine, Florida Condition & Recommendations
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Flagstaff Monument
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Publication Date: 1988
Physical Location:
Box: 8
Divider: Historic Resources (Condition & Recommendation Reports)
Folder: Flagstaff Monument
 Subjects
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
48 King Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Government House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 48 King Street
Coordinates: 29.892465 x -81.313142
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00095532
Volume ID: VID00013
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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FLAGSTAFF MONUMENT


CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

CONDITION & RECOMMENDATIONS

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PREPARED BY HISTORIC PROPERTIES ASSOCIATES

July 23, 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.

CONDITION:
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.

09/30/92 No change.

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.

09/30/92 Deterioration continues.

MASONRY DRUM OR SURROUND The stucco is severely cracked.
Delamination is apparent in several areas.

09/30/92 Deterioration continues.

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.

09/30/92 No change.

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
concern.

09/20/88 Structurally sound.(see appended report, this date.)

09/30/92 No change.


PRIORITIZED RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Inspect the base of the flagstaff by lifting the bronze
cylinder.
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
site.
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/0 Base Rebuild)..................... 5425.00
TOTAL (W/ Base Rebuild).....................11085.00










"/- HISTORIC PROPER79ES ASSOCIATES

INSPECTION OF FLAGSTAFF MONUMENT BASE

ANDERSON CIRCLE

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

September 20, 1988

A report on the condition of this monument prepared by the
Associates, and 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 on 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 corrosive
effects of the surrounding concrete.

On the basis of this inspection, it is our considered opinion
that the flagstaff base is structurally sound and that no further
testing is warranted at this time.




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