Adobe Conservation

Adobe Conservation: A Preservation Handbook by Cornerstones Community Partnerships

This richly illustrated guide is acknowledged as the best source for expert, field-tested information on the care and maintenance of historic adobe buildings—from small vernacular structures to the great Spanish Colonial missions. As a true “how-to” manual, it presents a user-friendly and straightforward approach to the assessment, maintenance, preservation and restoration of earthen buildings based on time-tested techniques. Excerpt from the back of Adobe Conservation: A Preservation Handbook.

As a public service, Cornerstones is making Adobe Conservation available for free from this website both as a single download and as a three-part download.

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Subjects include:

  • Architectural styles and materials
  • Tools and equipment
  • Materials and supplies
  • Emergency shoring
  • Moisture testing in adobe walls
  • Materials selection
  • Mixing and testing
  • Making adobe bricks
  • Repairing and rebuilding adobe walls
  • Repairing cracks in adobe walls
  • Mud and lime plastering
  • Earthen and lime finishes
  • Removing contra paredes
  • Repairing corbels
  • Inspecting vigas and corbels
  • Splicing vigas
  • Compliance with State and Federal cultural resource protection legislation
  • Glossary of terms
  • Bibliography