Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Plaza: Constitution Monument
Title: Completion Report
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Title: Completion Report Repairs to the Constitution Monument
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Plaza: Constitution Monument
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
Publication Date: 1988
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Box: 8
Divider: Plaza - General Info.
Folder: Plaza: Constitution Monument
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
Plaza de la Constitucion (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Constitution Plaza (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine
Coordinates: 29.892493 x -81.312335
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095508
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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Repairs to the Constitution Monument
The Plaza
St. Augustine, Florida

September 30, 1988

Repairs to the Constitution Monument were undertaken at

the request of the City of St. Augustine, on the basis of

recommendations contained in a condition report submitted by

Historic Property Associates, Inc., July 23, 1988.

The work consisted of the following:

1. Removal of the original 24" X 36" marble tablet on
the east side, and its replacement by a replica which
had been inserted in the west side in 1953.

2. Crating the original tablet and delivering it to
the director of the Lightner Museum.

3. Stabilization and repair of the original stucco on
the base of the Monument.

4. Infill of the void on the west side that was
created by removal of the replica of the tablet placed
there in 1953.

5. Repairs to the stucco on the granite steps that
surround the monument.

6. Historic research on the original construction as
well as subsequent modifications and repairs.

Work commenced on Monday, August 29, 1988 with the removal

of both the original and replica tablets. The work proceeded

without difficulty, although the replica had to be cut loose

with a masonry saw because it had been set in place with a

portland cement mortar. Newspapers found behind the replica

were of the Jacksonville Journal, dated Tuesday, April 28,

1953. The void left by the removal of this tablet was filled

with a standard portland cement/lime mortar mix, applied in

several coats to within one-half inch of the surrounding

surface. A stucco composed of five parts white sand,

two-and-one-half parts of lime, and one part of white cement

was used as a finish coat as well as to patch deteriorated area

on other parts of the monument. A latex concrete bonding

agent, "Sure-Fix", manufactured by the W.R. Bonsal Company of

Charlotte, North Carolina, was added to the water in a one part

additive to three parts water ratio.

The original tablet was secured by three iron clamps, one

on each side, and one on the top. These had rusted through. The

tablet was only held in place by a narrow band of lime mortar

surrounding the outside edge. During the process of removal, it

was discovered that someone had apparently removed the tablet

some time ago, since a groove approximately four inches wide

and the height of the tablet was found on both sides. This was

infilled with small coquina blocks held in place by a lime

mortar. A hard, brown mortar was used to infill the space

between the Monument and the back of the tablet. It had the

appearance of a modern non-shrink grout. It had not bonded to

the back of the tablet.

The replica tablet transferred from the west to the east

side of the Monument to replace the original was secured in its

new location by means of a non-corrosive metal clamp located

near the top center. This was set in a non-shrink grout. The

space between the Monument and the tablet was filled with a

soft foam insulation material to prevent mortar or stucco from

bonding to the tablet. The grooves on both sides were infilled,

utilizing the same small coquina blocks and a standard mortar

mix. The stucco finish was replaced with the same materials

that were used on the west side.

Repairs to the stucco finish were accomplished by first

saturating the existing surface with full strength "Sure-Fix"

bonding agent and then applying a finish coat of the same

stucco used in the tablet replacement phase of the work.

The replacement tablet lacked the Masonic symbol, which

was a part of the original tablet. The original symbol etching

had suffered considerable erosion. A "rubbing" of the original

was made to obtain its size and locating on the tablet. A

replica of the original carving was then etched into the

replacement tablet.

The above described work was completed September 30, 1988.

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