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Preserving Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

The purpose of this (One-Hour) course is to provide the engineer or architect with a fundamental understanding and technical knowledge associated with the preservation and repair of historic glazed architectural terra-cotta.

Glazed architectural terra-cotta is one of the most prevalent masonry building materials found in the urban environment today. Popular between the late 19th century and the 1930s, glazed architectural terra-cotta offered a modular, varied and relatively inexpensive approach to wall and floor construction. It was particularly adaptable to vigorous and rich ornamental detailing.

This course provides a short history of historic glazed architectural terra-cotta in America. It also surveys basic preservation and documentation issues facing owners of buildings with Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta. It addresses common causes of deterioration and presents repair, restoration, and protection options.

This course is based entirely on the web version of the National Park Service Preservation Brief 07 which is entitled “The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta” as published by the National Park Service- U.S. Department of the Interior.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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