The Plaza Bandstand is one of St. Augustine's most
significant public monuments. It is located in the Plaza area,
a central green with surrounding buildings on the bayfront.
The Plaza is the central feature of the Colonial City Historic
District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Plaza has been the setting for many of St. Augustine's most
prominent public monuments from colonial times to the present
and the focal point of public ceremonies, improvement drives,
and tree plantings. It has included many features over the
years, among them an alligator pond and the open bandstand
which served as a setting popular for music and political
rallies. The original Plaza area has been augmented by
additional green spaces created after World War I. The
additional spaces consist of two small parks east of the public
market place and a third west of government house. The Plaza
has not only been a famous scenic site for tourists, it is
located at the center of the town's commercial, religious, and
The erection of the Bandstand was part of the improvement
and expansion of the original Plaza which occurred during and
after World War I. It is located at the center of the Plaza
between the Constitution and Confederate Monuments.
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth, there
began a trend in the United States, best known as the City
Beautiful Movement, to improve the appearance of urban areas.
Parks and attractive landscape and streetscape features became
commonplace throughout the country. The construction of the
Bandstand was an example of this type of project in St.
The Bandstand was completed sometime in 1918. Its
features, particularly its tile roof, were typical of the
Mediterranean influenced architecture of the period. The plan
of the Bandstand is octagonal. The base is concrete over brick
and supports six s-ti wood columns. The roof is a hipped type
covered with barrel tile. The Bandstand appears to have
originally been painted an off-white or cream color. It was
decorated at one time with striped canvas awnings.
In 1954, the Bandstand was converted to an office for the
chamber of commerce. The space between the columns was enclosed
with casement windows and fan lights. During the 1970s and
early 1980s, the Bandstand served as a recruiting station for
the United States Navy. In 1983, the city removed the
enclosures and restored the Bandstand to an approximation of
its original appearance.
The information included above was obtained from records
at the St. Augustine Historical Society, the City of St.
Augustine, and the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board.
Sources included the Florida Master Site File, the St.
Augustine Record, and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.
Repairs to the Plaza Bandstand
St. Augustine, Florida
September 30, 1988
Repairs to the Bandstand or Gazebo, located in the Plaza,
were undertaken at the request of the City of St. Augustine, on
the basis of recommendations contained in a condition report
submitted by Historic Property Associates, Inc., July 23, 1988.
The following is an inventory of the work performed on the
8/22/88 consultants met with electrician and plaster
contractor on site to discuss work and repairs.
8/31/88: patched out the wall cap and broke out the floor.
It was observed that the exterior walls are constructed of red
brick. The stucco extends down to just below the bottom of the
9/2/88: rewiring was completed and a duplex outlet
installed. The feed was run in underground from the existing
panel, about 30' to the south.
9/6/88: Recommendation made on Gazebo wood: High gloss
would be best for longevity and ease of cleaning. An alklyd
oil, Moore's Impervo High Gloss (3 days' full cure) was used.
The primer selected was Moorecraft Outside Primer #140-00.
9/8/88: concrete repairs completed.
9/9/88: vandalism requires refinishing of floor.
Roof repairs completed.
9/12/88: began work on carpentry repairs and painting.
Inserted "dutchmen" in epoxy compound. Scraped paint. Moore's
Concrete Stain 078 72 was recommended for masonry walls.
9/15/88: severe vandalism of wood surfaces in addition to
recurrent vandalism of concrete surface. Work cannot be resumed
until the wood surface dries so that it can be resanded and
9/19/88: resanding begun.
9/29/88: resanding and repainting completed. A
determination was made that water pressure spray will be
required to remove the paint from the alligator pit.
Recommendation that Moore's Concrete Stain be applied to
small section of interior wall as a test.