Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Peck House
Title: Dr. Peck House, City of St. Augustine, Florida
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Title: Dr. Peck House, City of St. Augustine, Florida Exterior Condition & Recommendations
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Peck House
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Publication Date: 1988
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Box: 8
Divider: Historic Resources (Condition & Recommendation Reports)
Folder: Peck House
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: UF00095538
Volume ID: VID00004
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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September 5, 1988

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Dr. Peck house is composed of two
distinct elements.
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.

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

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. The paint is in fair to poor

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. 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
west side. C/ c !
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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 problemn-:e
with the "Z" flashing at the intersection of the wood siding and'
the masonry walls, or more likely a problem at roof level. Some \ s
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 c-
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. 7
The downspout on the west wall of the parking lot has been
crushed by automobile bumpers. S

The light fixture beside the parking lot door is badly rusted.


1. Remove and replace displaced portions of entry walk.
2. Replace portion of east garden wall which has been displaced
by tree root action. Will require engineering to provide
3. Repair other portions of garden wall. Will require
installation of self-furring metal lathe and control joints.
4. Repair sash, shutters, doors, facia and other trim, siding,
porch posts and deck.

5. Scrape, sand, prime, and paint all exterior surfaces of
6. Have roof inspected by qualified contractor. Correct leaks,
as necessary.
7. Replace crushed downspout. Provide guard to prevent
8. Replace light fixture by rear door.
9. Replace the shingle roof over the rear door.
10. Replace iron grill on west side w/ appropriately sized one.
11. Clean flat roof over utility room.

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