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Large adobe home or business, rear view
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
C.C. Pierce & Co
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; "This is where my father had a slaughter house" (Mrs. Ana B. de Packman) is written on the verso of the image.
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 a rather large adobe, a business at one time, that appears to be abandoned. The back of the adobe (pictured) shows a rear door and two windows on either side; the whitewash finish can be seen crumbling off. Olga Steel is said to have been born in this adobe, which was located on Wadsworth and 33rd streets, near Jefferson Street.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Adobe houses--California--Los Angeles
Signs and signboards--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles

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