HISTORIC PROPERTY ASSOCIATES
P.O. Box 1002
St. 5gustine, Florida 32085-1002
DR. PECK HOUSE
CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
EXTERIOR CONDITION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
September 7, 1988
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.
The 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
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parapet wall. Architecturally it is reflective of the First
WALKS: The simulated tabby entry walk around the Chinese
tallow tree has been displaced by root action.
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 in
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
EXTERIOR WALLS, GROUND FLOOR: 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
EXTERIOR WALLS, SECOND FLOOR: The wood siding is in
generally good condition. There is evidence of some rot at
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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.
SOUTH BALCONY: Several of the post 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
WINDOWS: Approximately twelve pairs 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
DOORS: Most appear to be in good condition. Exceptions are
the large, flat panel door on the north side which has wood
rot in the lower rail, and the doubleleaf, beaded-board
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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.
ROOF: The roof of the two-story was not inspected, but 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.
ELECTRICAL: The light fixture beside the parking lot door
is badly rusted.
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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 solution.
3. Repair other portions of garden wall. Will require
installation of self-furring metal lath and control
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 with appropriately sized
11. Clean flat roof over utility room.
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