[Preservation Glossary] Today's Term: Stucco
Last week's Preservation Glossary post looked at adobe bricks. But when we see adobe buildings we don’t usually see the bricks; we see the stucco covering. Here’s how The Trust for Architectural Easements Glossary defines stucco:
A plaster used as a coating for walls and ceilings, and often used for decoration; it is common to many parts of the world, particularly to the Mediterranean region and to the regions of the United States once colonized by Spain (i.e., Florida and California).
Word in Use: “In Santa Fe, New Mexico, members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps worked with HOPE Crew to re-point stone walkways and repair the stucco surfacing on the National Park Service’s Old Santa Fe Trail Building.”—Lauren Walser, HOPE Crew: Training the Next Generation of Preservationists
The picture above shows an old adobe church at Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. Stucco covers the lower portion of the building, but the adobe bricks above are exposed.