DR. PECK HOUSE
CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
EXTERIOR CONDITION & RECOMMENDATIONS
PREPARED BY HISTORIC PROPERTY ASSOCIATES
September 5, 1988
amended September 30, 1992
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Dr. Peck house is composed of two
The first is the historic component. The ground floor walls of
this two story "L" shaped structure are coquina masonry covered
with a portland cement stucco. The second floor is a post and
beam wood frame covered with wood siding. The siding on the
north and west is smooth and half-lapped. This same siding is
also on the south end of the west wing. Beveled siding has been
applied to the balance of the second floor. The roof is very low
pitched, has concealed gutters on the south and west and has a
standing-seam metal cover. Windows are double-hung with solid
shutters on the ground floor and louvered ones on the second.
The majority of the doors are paneled.
The second element is a reconstruction of a missing east wing.
It is a one story unit-masonry structure covered with a portland
cement stucco. A flat roof is hidden behind a parapet wall.
Architecturally it is reflective of the First Spanish Period.
WALKS The simulated tabby entry walk around the Chinese tallow
tree has been displaced by root action.
09/30/92 Deterioration continues. Constitutes a hazard to
GARDEN WALLS There are several large cracks in the walls due to
differential settlement and/or root action. A portion of the
wall along the east property line has been displaced several
inches by the action of a large oak tree on the adjacent
property. The unit-masonry is reading through is several places.
This is probably due to differences in the coefficient of
expansion between the concrete block and the stucco. Portions of
the wall cap have separated from the wall proper.
09/30/92 Deterioration continues.
EXTERIOR WALLS, GND. FL. -
All of the masonry walls appear to be in good condition.
Several holes left from the installation of earlier signage were
noted. The paint is in fair condition. There were no obvious
signs of failure of the material.
09/30/92 Appears to have been repainted subsequent to the 1988
inspection. Holes have been plugged. The paint is in fair
EXTERIOR WALLS, SECOND FL. -
The wood siding is in generally good condition. There is
evidence of some rot at the SW corner but it appears to be minor.
The paint covering the siding is badly deteriorated. This is
especially true on the west side where it is most exposed to the
effects of the sun. The siding on this elevation was also
somewhat distorted from solar exposure. Staining from rusting
nails was observed on all elevations.
09/30/92 Appears to have been repainted subsequent to the 1988
inspection. This finish has begun to deteriorate, especially on
the south and west sides. Minor staining from rusting nails was
observed on all elevations.
SOUTH BALCONY Several of the posts supporting the roof have
begun to rot at the bottom. The flooring has twisted and pulled
loose in some areas. It is also beginning to check and crack
badly especially on the exposed ends.
The paint is completely deteriorated on this portion of the
09/30/92 Deterioration continues. No evidence of repairs
noted. The paint is in fair to poor condition.
Approximately twelve pair of sash are in need of reglazing and
some repairs. The balance will only require painting. All of the
exterior shutters are in need of repair. Joints are opened up,
molding is missing, and the paint is deteriorated.
A frame holding an acrylic glazing in an opening on the north
side of the ground floor has evidence of wood rot in several
09/30/92 The sash continues to deteriorate, especially on the
west side. It appears that there has been an attempt to reglaze
some of the sash, without much success. A number of shutters
have been repaired, however there are still several which show
obvious signs of rot.
Several of the wrought iron shutter tiebacks are missing on the
Most appear to be in good condition. Exceptions are the large
doubleleaf flat panel door on the north side which has wood rot
in the lower rail, and the doubleleaf beaded-board doors which
open into the utility area on the east side of the property.
These doors have a considerable amount of wood rot evident
throughout. The iron grill covering the west door is rusting. It
is larger than the opening and appears to be inappropriate. There
is also some evidence of wood rot at the base of the cover boards
in this opening.
09/30/92 The doubleleaf flat panel door on the north side
continues to show evidence of rot. There is also some rot
evident in the molding around the opening.
The iron grill covering the west door has been painted.
The roof of the two-story section was not inspected, however
there is evidence of a leak on the north wall of the northwest
room on the ground floor. This could be indicative of a problem
with the "Z" flashing at the intersection of the wood siding and
the masonry walls, or more likely a problem at roof level. Some
staining of the wood molding at the intersection of the soffit
and wall was noted in this area.
Additional staining, and what appears to be evidence of wood rot
was noted at several points along the north soffit.
The shingle-covered shed roof shielding the door from the
parking lot to the interior is badly deteriorated.
The flat roof over the utility room on the east side has
leaves and other debris on it.
The downspout on the west wall of the parking lot has been
crushed by automobile bumpers.
09/30/92 The plaster on the north wall of the northwest room
continues to exfoliate. The probable cause is rising damp. The
staining noted in 1988 is no longer present.
The shed roof over the east door has been repaired.
The flat roof over the utility room on the east side is leaking
The downspout on the west wall has been replaced.
The light fixture beside the parking lot door is badly rusted.
09/30/92 The fixture has been replaced.
1. Remove and replace displaced portions of entry walk with like
2. Repair sash, shutters, doors, facia and other trim, siding,
porch posts and deck.
a. Sash should be removed and rehabilitated off site. Number
before removal. Openings to be closed with temporary acrylic
plastic sheet. Strip paint, number panes to insure replacement in
original location. Remove glass/old glazing compound.#eB -- -- y /
especially careful in removing glass. Repair sash, as necessary.
Treat w/ water-repellant and prime. Broken panes to be replaced
with like material. Bed glass in thin layer of glazing compound.
Set glass with points and finish glazing. Paint sash before
replacing. Cut in so that paint just covers the intersection of
the glazing compound and the glass.
b. Remove doors and shutters. Rehabilitate off site. Provide
secure temporary closure for door opening. Utilize epoxy
consolidation techniques. Keep wood replacement to a minimum.
c. Repair balance of the building's wood fabric on site.
Utilize epoxy consolidation techniques. Keep wood replacement to
Replace portion of east garden wall which has been displaced
by tree root action. Will require engineering to provide
Repair other portions of garden wall. Will require
installation of self-furring metal lathe and control joints.
Scrape, sand, prime, and paint all exterior wood surfaces of
Have roof inspected by qualified contractor. Correct leaks,
Replace iron grill on west side w/appropriately sized one.
Clean flat roof over utility room on an annual basis, preferably
in November or December.
Fabricate new shutter dogs and install.