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: VID00006
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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P.O. Box 1002
St. 5gustine, Florida 32085-1002




September 7, 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.

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

Spanish Period.


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

wall proper.

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

the material.

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

the structure.

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

several joints.

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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