September 16, 2015

[Preservation Glossary] Today's Term: Stucco

  • By: Nick Totten

An old church, built with adobe bricks at Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, circa 1900. Stucco covers the lower part of the building, with exposed brick above.

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:

Stucco, noun

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.

Nick Totten was an editorial intern at the National Trust. He takes particular delight in historic museums and libraries. In addition, he enjoys performing music, playing with words, and appreciating the local sites and views on foot.

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