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Based on the innovative Workforce Development/ Youthbuild Masonry Preservation program developed by the Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) in Harlem, New York City, and written by 3rd generation mason, Tom Russack, this manual introduces students to construction, masonry preservation, green technology, building repair and the conservation of the urban environment. Each chapter is built around a particular masonry material, such as mortar, brick, stone, or stucco; or an aspect pertaining to the masonry trade, such as maintenance or green building technology.  Developed by ADC, this primer provides guidance for classroom teaching and trades training sessions, and has already been adopted as a text in multiple preservation trades programs. The general overview of construction materials, methods, tools, and basic training activities allows learners to explore the building trades and discover ways to repair aging masonry structures.

This primer was made possible through Grant MT-2210-10-NC-12 from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).

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7 Responses to Masonry History Integrity: An Urban Conservation Primer (2011-08)

  1. Lawrence Anderson says:

    Whoa! This looks surprisingly informative and I’m not even an architect. I do however find myself with a need for a bit of info on the subject, building materials in particular. I write stories with themes derived from eras like 1700s and the Victorian period. This might help, thanks!

  2. Sam Fresina says:

    I am a mason contractor and this article was very interesting
    and I intend to give a copy to my apprentice’s

  3. Well done. A well timed, necessary tool for masonry apprentice AND seasoned craftspeople.

  4. A lifetime of work and though. Thanks for your work Thom

  5. Elizabeth Pidgeon says:

    Glad to see such a valuable tool made available for download!

  6. Susanne Sutherland says:

    That sounds like a very worthwhile resource to have on hand.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Susanne Sutherland

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