Stone, Brick + Terra Cotta

Historic Preservation

Spring 2013

George Wheeler + Norman Weiss, instructors

This course explored the group of traditional masonry materials: brick, terra cotta and stone. The format included lectures, demonstrations and field trips. The goals of the course were to provide: a historical overview of material manufacturing and sourcing as architectural materials with a focus on the 18th century to the present; an understanding of their fundamental material properties in relation to their use and deterioration in a range of masonry construction systems; and an exploration of the state-of-the-art means and methods of their repair, maintenance and conservation.