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An old adobe made new
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1920]
Publication Information
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Adobe structures are "natural buildings" made from a mixture of 50% sand, 35% clay and water, and mixed with 15% of a fibrous or organic material such as sticks, straw and even dung in some cases - which is useful in binding the brick together and allowing the brick to dry evenly. These buildings are extremely durable and account for the oldest structures on earth, some of which are still standing today. Adobe walls usually never rise above two stories because they're load bearing and have low structural strength. Ideally, the wall should be thick enough to remain cool on the nside during the heat of the day, but thin enough to transfer heat through the wall during the evening. To protect the interior and exterior adobe wall, finishes such as mud plaster, whitewash or stucco can be applied. These finishes protect the adobe wall from water damage but need to be reapplied periodically.
Photo of an adobe house that has been rehabilitated by the County of Los Angeles. It shows a rather large adobe with a new roof, freshly painted window shutters, and a white picket fence surrounding the entire property. This adobe house is located at 2422 Hatchway Street in Los Angeles.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 14 cm on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Adobes.; N-004-372 4x5
Wooden fences--California--Los Angeles
Adobe houses--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles

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