CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
CONDITION & RECOMMENDATIONS
PREPARED BY HISTORIC PROPERTIES ASSOCIATES
July 23, 1988
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Gazebo is an open, octagonal shaped
structure with a red tile roof supported by cylindrical wood
columns. A raised concrete floor is contained within battered
masonry walls, which are, in turn, covered with a concrete cap.
The floor appears to be a replacement as it does not match other
masonry surfaces in texture or finish.
A concrete fish pond apparently extended east from the main
structure. Sometime in the past this was filled in, and the
concrete floor extended over a portion of it. Apparently the
easternmost wooden column was removed and replaced by two iron
pipes at that time.
The actual construction technique and materials used in the wall
construction is unknown at this time.
An electrical outlet is located on the interior south wall.
ROOF It appears to be in good condition with the exception of
one broken tile on the east side. There are scattered patches of
mold/mildew, but it is not extensive.
ROOF FRAMING & CEILING The framing appears to be structurally
sound. There is some minor damage to the scuttle door. Paint is
peeling from some of the beams and the wood ceiling.
WOOD COLUMNS There is evidence of previous repairs in the form
of wood patches or Dutchmen. There is also evidence of
infestation by wood-boring insects. The columns have been scraped
or sanded down to bare wood recently. The only finish appears to
be one coat of white primer.
MASONRY WALLS All but one bay between the columns exhibit deep
cracks, roughly centered, a
nd running from top to bottom. The
surfaces are mildly eroded.
MASONRY WALL CAP The cap is cracked completely across in every
bay. The horizontal surfaces are moderately eroded. There is
evidence of inappropriate patching materials having been used. A
portion of the cap is broken off under the northeast column.
CONCRETE FLOOR There is some cracking, which is unsightly,
although no major displacement was noted.
ELECTRIC SERVICE The duplex receptacle is fed through exposed
romex cable from a locked fuze/breaker box. The conduit
supplying the box is run exposed on the outside of the wall.
1. Have structure inspected by qualified pest control company.
If active infestation by wood-boring insects is detected, have
PRIORITIZED RECOMMENDATIONS: cont.
2. Repair broken roof tile.
3. Repair damage to wood columns and scuttle door. Prepare wood
surfaces for painting by sanding, scraping, and caulking. Apply
an exterior oil-base primer and two coats of a high quality oil-
based house paint with mildicide to all exposed wood surfaces.
4. Determine appropriate texture and color for patching mortar
from field trials. Patch back all cracks in walls and wall cap.
Be particularly careful that patching materials are no stronger
than material being patched.
Remove existing concrete floor. Treat fill, replace slab over
six mil poly sheeting. Reinforce with 6X6 10/10 WWF. Duplicate
existing control joint pattern. /sy, d 'f"--
5. Conduct historic research to determine if masonry walls were
originally painted. Recover paint samples from south side by
conduit for analysis.
6. If research supports, paint out walls. Use appropriate
filler coat, if necessary, and two coats of a high quality latex
masonry paint. Prepare surfaces as directed by paint
7. Remove existing electric service. If functionally
necessary, reroute underground and bring up under floor.
Coordinate with replacement of concrete floor.
ESTIMATED COST BY RECOMMENDATION:
1. Pest control................... ......... ... 500.00
2. Roof repairs................................. 435.00
3. Repair wood damage & paint out............... 1882.00
4. Repair masonry...............................2410.00
5. Historic research........................... 440.00
6. Paint out masonry, if appropriate............ 680.00
7. New underground circuit...................... 560.00