Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Excellent Paper On Historic Rammed Earth in Alabama and the US

DIRT CHEAP: THE GARDENDALE EXPERIMENT  & RAMMED EARTH HOME CONSTRUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES  by Jennifer Lynn Carpenter
A Masters Final Project submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Maryland, College Park, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master in Historic Preservation, 2010


Ms. Carpenter has put many great sources together to discuss the seven rammed earth homes built by the US federal government during the New Deal.

Lots of contemporary photos of the houses as well as documentation of the construction process. Historic context underscores the importance of these dwellings and their preservation.

2 comments:

John Kline Kurtz said...

I have driven by these structures and some are very well maintained. This region has some pretty fierce rain storms, high winds, and high humidity. My opinion... If you can do it in Alabama, you can do it almost anywhere.

John Kline Kurtz said...

I have driven by these structures and some are very well maintained. This region has some pretty fierce rain storms, high winds, and high humidity. My opinion... If you can do it in Alabama, you can do it almost anywhere.