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Manzo adobe
Alternative Title
Works Progress Administration Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1939
Publication Information
Federal Writers' Project
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.
Manzo adobe, located at 412 Sunset Boulevard. Jesus Manzo, a contractor, built this two-room adobe in 1850s. In 1937 it was owned by Mrs. Vivian Velasco (Mrs. Luis Velasco) who with her husband occupied the adjoining modern home.; Photograph similar to (same angle) #00081449.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. on board 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA 13 (2008) 4x5;
Adobe houses--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles
Works Progress Administration Collection photographs
Manzo, Jesus

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