Restoration of Traditional Coquina Stucco or Plaster, St. Augustine.

Coquina “rock”, turned into stucco aggregate, and mixed with lime mortar.

Coquina “rock”, turned into stucco aggregate, and mixed with lime mortar.

At 450 years old, St. Augustine, Florida is considered the oldest major settlement in the United States, and some parts of this building, the Government House Museum, date from at least 1598. The finish is a very traditional masonry coquina stucco, or plaster, derived from the native soft coquina stone, a sedimentary layer composed almost entirely of seashells of various species and conditions. Olde World Walls & Ceilings, Inc. of Geneva, Florida was selected to do the work, which originally consisted of duplicating and restoring this historic masonry finish, but soon morphed into structural repair and a host of masonry restoration issues. When the project was complete, they invited the King and Queen of Spain (the original sovereigns of the property) for an inspection and they declared themselves quite satisfied with the work.

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Coquina finish and newly tuck pointed coral stone.

Coquina finish and newly tuck pointed coral stone.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain inspecting the masonry work at The Government House Museum.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain inspecting the masonry work at The Government House Museum.

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