Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Ponce de Leon Statue
Title: [Amended copy of Ponce de Leon Statue, City of St. Augustine, Florida]
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 Material Information
Title: Amended copy of Ponce de Leon Statue, City of St. Augustine, Florida
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Ponce de Leon Statue
Physical Description: Maintenance record
Language: English
Publication Date: 1992
Physical Location:
Box: 8
Divider: Historic Resources (Condition & Recommendation Reports)
Folder: Ponce de Leon Statue
 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
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00095540
Volume ID: VID00007
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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PONCE DE LEON STATUE


CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

CONDITION & RECOMMENDATIONS


PREPARED BY HISTORIC PROPERTY ASSOCIATES

July 23, 1988
amended September 30, 1992


GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The bronze statue of Ponce de Leon is set
atop a gray granite column decorated with moldings and carvings.
It is secured to the granite column with a brass stud and nut
projecting through the base. The base of the statue is marked
"GORHAM CO FOUNDRY". The column is surrounded by three exposed-
aggregate (sharp quartz sand ?) concrete steps which may have
been pre-cast. The steps are,in turn, surrounded by a poured-in-
place sidewalk and curbing of the same material.
The column bears the following inscriptions:
Presented to the City of St. Augustine
by Andrew Anderson, M.D. 1923

CONDITION:

STATUE Appears to be stable. There is a considerable amount of
black mold or mildew on the surface. A green patina is also
evident as a result of exposure to a salt-air environment.

09/30/92 No change.

COLUMN A portion of the base on the northeast corner has broken
away. The other three corners of the base exhibit stress cracks
which may ultimately lead to portions popping off.
The column is plumb and appears to be in good to excellent
condition with the exception of the stress cracks on the corners.

09/30/92 No change.

STEPS There is evidence of differential settlement,
particularly on the northwest side.
There are numerous cracks across the width of the steps,
apparently caused by unequal loading.
These conditions do not constitute a hazard to pedestrians
at this time.

09/30/92 No change.

SIDEWALK AND CURB They are in generally good condition. There
is some evidence of settlement but, with the exception of one









area near the southeast corner of the steps, it does not
constitute a hazard to pedestrians.

09/30/92 No change.

PRIORITIZED RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Remove the statue from its base.
Relocate to appropriate work site.
Remove mold, mildew, and patina.
Provide reinforcing in base with similar material.
Polish and apply three coats of wax.
Reinstall on base.

09/30/92 This recommendation still valid.

2. Measure the separation in the steps caused by the
differential settlement. Obtain accurate elevations on the steps
and column. Monitor these conditions on a semi-annual basis to
determine if the process is continuing. It may be that the
settlement has proceeded as far as it is going to go. If no
change is noted over a period of several years, it can be assumed
that the base is now stable and it will only be necessary to
reposition and grout the steps. If, on the other hand,
significant movement is detected, it may be necessary to remove
the statue, disassemble the column, and install a new base.
Monitor stress cracks. If no further movement is detected over a
period of several years, assume condition is stable, and use
epoxy injection techniques to consolidate.

09/30/92 This recommendation still valid.

3. Grind down the raised portion of the sidewalk at the
southeast corner of the steps to reduce the potential of someone
tripping.

09/30/92 This recommendation still valid.

4. Replace the missing portion of the base on the northeast
corner. Match replacement with existing as to color and texture.

09/30/92 Historic research indicates that the base is
constructed of Dummerston granite.

5. Annual Clean statue and base. Wash with non-ionic
detergent and flush with copious amounts of potable water. Rewax
statue. Perform condition inspection.

09/30/92 This recommendation still valid.

6. Conduct historic research in an attempt to locate the
original plans and specifications or other information which








could be used in preservation activities associated with this
site. For instance,it would be useful to know if the statue is,
in fact, located in the area of the old boat basin. This would
account for the differential settlement and would be helpful in
the future if it becomes necessary to design and install another
base to support it. A specification which identifies the concrete
aggregate would save considerable time and expense if it is
necessary to repair/replace any of the steps/walks in the future.

09/30/92 Historic research locates the statue on the site of
the old boat basin. No information was forthcoming on the other
areas of interest, although a search of the Gorham Manufacturing
Company records is said to be proceeding.


NOTE: ALL WORK SHOULD BE FULLY DOCUMENTED THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS,
LOG BOOKS, AND A FINAL REPORT.

ESTIMATED COSTS BY RECOMMENDATION:
(1988 costs, not adjusted for inflation)
1. Remove/replace & clean.................. 3070.00
2. Monitor settlement ......................1060.00
3. Grind down projection in sidewalk........ 390.00
4. Annual inspection, wash & wax........... 910.00
5. Replace missing corner on base..........1410.00
6. Conduct historic research.............. 440.00
TOTAL 7280.00


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