Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Oglethorpe Battery Park
Title: Inspection of Oglethorpe Battery Park, Anastasia Island
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Title: Inspection of Oglethorpe Battery Park, Anastasia Island City of St. Augustine, Florida
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Oglethorpe Battery Park
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Publication Date: 1992
Physical Location:
Box: 8
Divider: Historic Resources (Condition & Recommendation Reports)
Folder: Oglethorpe Battery Park
 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
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095536
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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INSPECTION OF OGLETHORPE BATTERY PARK


ANASTASIA ISLAND

CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA


PREPARED BY HISTORIC PROPERTY ASSOCIATES

July 23, 1988

amended September 30, 1992


This small park, located on the east side of Arrendondo Avenue
between Oglethorpe Boulevard and Alcazar Avenue, is the site of
an artillery battery from which Gen. Olglethorpe bombarded
Castillo de San Marcos from June 27th to July 20th, 1740.

Three distinct features are located in the park. The first, a
hewn coquina shellstone monument in the form of an obelisk is
situated in the center of the northern portion; the second, the
remnant of an earthenwork artillery battery is in the center
section near the western edge; and the third, a hewn coquina
shellstone watch house is near the southeast corner of the
property. The obelisk and watch house were apparently constructed
by the St. Augustine Historical Society around 1938.

CONDITION

MONUMENT The shellstone obelisk rises from a stepped concrete
base which is, in turn, surrounded by a square poured concrete
slab. An area of red tile paving extends in four directions from
the slab.

The coquina monument does not have a protective finish, and as a
consequence, exhibits extensive erosion of the surface from wind
and rain. A considerable amount of calcium carbonate has been
leached from the shellstone and redeposited, through evaporation,
on the stepped base. Repointing of the masonry joints is
extensive in the upper two-thirds of the obelisk.

The four bronze tablets, which are located on the lower portion
of the monument, do not show any signs of active corrosion.

The stepped base and surrounding slab are in good condition,
however the redeposited calcium carbonate presents a potential
hazard as it has created a very smooth and uneven surface.

The red tile paving is generally level, although some
displacement was noted in the western segment next to the slab.









09/30/92 The 1988 description is still valid. The bronze
tablet on the south side is secured with galvanized lag bolts.


EARTHENWORKS The remnant mounds are covered with bahia grass
mixed with a considerable amount of weeds. Several large trees
are located in the southeast sector. The earthenworks appear to
be stable with no evidence of erosion.


WATCH HOUSE This structure, which is circular in plan, has a
number of firing slots piercing the walls just below its
intersection with the domed roof. The walls are exposed coquina.
They exhibit some weathering, but not to the extent of the
obelisk. The domed roof has several cavities in its exterior.
Exposed rebar is evident in one of them.

The door on the southeast side is constructed of plywood. Some
deterioration is beginning to occur. The hardware is
inappropriate and some of it is falling off.

A pump for an automated sprinkler system is housed inside the
structure. A temporary-type electric pole located adjacent to
the house provides power via an underground PVC conduit.

09/30/92 The door has been replaced with an appropriate wooded
one. The hardware, while not authentic for the period, is
acceptable.

GROUNDCOVER The majority of the turf is bahia grass with some
St. Augustine present, especially along the east line from the
center south. It is in fair condition, with some weeds and bare
spots.

09/30/92 The turf is improved, with considerable St. Augustine
grass present. There is a scattering of sand spurs.



RECOMMENDATIONS

MONUMENT -

1. Remove the calcium carbonate from the base by mechanical and
chemical methods.

09/30/92 Still valid.

2. Provide an impervious membrane to the exterior to prevent
further leaching and weathering. The most feasible and cost
effective at this time would be a three-coat portland cement
stucco. This would, however, alter the appearance of the








monument. An alternative to this would be to await the results
of the extensive testing being done on Castillo de San Marcos by
the National Park Service. This structure suffers from the same
problem, and a solution which would not alter the appearance may
be forthcoming in the next few years, although I doubt it.

09/30/92 Nothing definitive from NPS. Recommend repointing,
as necessary, and the application of a suitable waterproofing
material as an interim measure.

09/30/92 -
3. Replace the galvanized lag bolts on the south tablet with
tamper-proof bronze machine screws.

EARTHENWORKS -

1. No work necessary at this time.

09/30/92 Recommendation still valid.

WATCH HOUSE -

1. Repair depressions in the roof. Match existing finish.

09/30/92 Recommendation still valid.

2. Replace door and hardware with more historically appropriate
materials.

09/30/92 Paint out new hardware on door.

3. Replace electric service pole with a more substantial one.
Relocate to a less conspicuous place along the east property
line.

09/30/92 Recommendation still valid.

4. Provide impervious membrane. See Monument recomm. # 2.

09/30/92 Recommendation still valid.

GROUNDCOVER -

1. Removal of the existing sod and replacement with a suitable
St. Augustine variety would enhance the visual aspects of the
park, but would also increase the maintenance costs because of
the additional spraying and fertilizer required of this grass.

09/30/92 Treat turf with a species-specific herbicide to kill
sandspurs.



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