Do Not Migrate


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).

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119