New York City has 8,250,000 people and 975,000 buildings.
It also has the only high school program in the country for hands-on masonry preservation, building conservation and green sustainable construction.
This blog offers a glimpse into that program.

The textbook developed from the curriculum and lessons: "Masonry History Integrity An Urban
Conservation Primer" is a free download at this web site:

The recent entries are in the LinkedIn Group: Masonry History Integrity & Urban Conservation.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Session #10 Stucco

Curriculum and Activity:
* History, composition and uses of stucco
* Word origin:"stukki"- meaning crust or coat
* Traditional 3-coat system with underlying lath
* In order: scratch, brown and finish coats
* Exterior use with Portland cement composition
*Students practiced mixing and application procedures,
* Leveling and depth measurements and
* Explored various finishing treatments

Preparing mortar to proper consistency

Using a hawk and trowel
to apply stucco to the wall

Leveling and smoothing stucco

History and Integrity:
The 92nd Infantry and Red Ball Express -
African-American heroes during WWII.

Len Bias, Sam Cooke -Tragedies in sports and the arts.

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