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.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ruth attending ACBA

Ruth Zuniga, the 2009 Abyssinian Development Corp (ADC) Masonry Preservation Student of the year, has been accepted at The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA)in Charleston, SC, for the freshman class of 2010 . She will be the first NYC student to attend the ACBA Masonry Preservation Program.

Ruth, front –center with award ribbons, at the ADC graduation ceremony July 1, 2009

The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA)
The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) is dedicated to educating the next generation of building artisans and to preserving the building arts in a manner never before seen in America. Under the direction of our experienced faculty, students have the opportunity to learn the skills needed to excel in their chosen field, and receive a quality liberal arts education. This combination of education, training, and access to highly experienced faculty is available nowhere else in the United States.

Frank Genello, Professor of Preservation Masonry at ACBA with students (and young guest), August 2007.


ACBA students combine book smarts with hand skills to become some of the country's best master craftsmen

Ruth received a $2,500 award from The Associated Brick Mason Contractors of Greater New York and the New York/New Jersey Council of the Brick Industry Association.

She also received a set of stone repair tools and a scholarship from Cathedral Stone products for specialized training to become certified for the use of “Jahn” repair mortars.

She will also receive a scholarship for tuition from an anonymous donor her freshman year.

Classes start in September. We wish Ruth good luck and Godspeed.

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