Appreciating Our History It is often said that space is the final frontier, as big a mystery as our deepest oceans but infinitely more vast. And yet, what is the one thing that every traveler to space can’t help but do? Turn their eyes to earth and think about their lives. In fact, one might
Truly Timeless Construction The adobe style is a construction technique that is instantly recognizable to anyone who has spent time in the Southwestern United States. Tanned, sun-dried walls; flat roofs; exposed wood framing, such as beams or eaves extending over the roof. All of these characteristics evoke the Mexican Pueblo- or Spanish mission-style of building
Each state has its own rich history, full of the stories that tell of those who came before us — their lives, their struggles, their hopes for the future. Such testimonies are still preserved on the buildings they left behind, just as our own dwellings give an accurate look at what’s most important to us.
If human history tells us anything, from the pharaohs of Egypt to the earliest inhabitants of Mesa Verde in Colorado, it is that we are a people who build. Yes, the potsherds in the sand tell that we were interested in small, beautiful things, but the ancient monuments and cities swallowed by sand and forest
Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.“ While he was talking about fire prevention in Philadelphia, the advice applies to numerous aspects of life. Building restoration is a booming industry because all masonry materials are prone to wear and tear. Whether due to improper installation or
To classify as “historic,” your structure should have at least 50 years of life. Building repair and restoration are important for preserving architectural styles, as well as representing the culture of people and places. Masonry in architecture can include brick, terra cotta, stone, concrete block, cast stone, and the mortar used to bind these materials.
As restorers of historic masonry, we love discussing not only the historicity of ancient building techniques and materials but also how they can be utilized today. As we’ve documented in the past, the history of brick-building is an interesting one, manifesting as a sort of “unintentional cooperation” between different civilizations to make bricks the dominant
For as long as mankind has been interested in creating something monumental, we have been attracted to megalithic superstructures. From the Nazca Lines to Stonehenge, and the Titanic to Mount Rushmore, the aim has been twofold: firstly, to create something that would be regarded as the greatest exhibition of expertise and cooperation of the age;
If you’ve ever made a mud pie and let it bake on the sidewalk, you already know quite a bit about historic masonry. Today, the term “brick” can be used to describe any type of building block. Whether it’s made from clay or cement, bricks provide durable building materials for residential and commercial structures. How
It is thought masonry skills were developed as mankind decided to move from natural-found caves into man-made dwellings instead. But what has changed throughout the ages when it comes to the tools and techniques of masonry? Masonry starts with natural materials that can be found around us, including clay, gravel, sand, and stones. But what