Twentieth Century Building Materials: History and Conservation

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This text provides a guide to major building materials that have been introduced and used during the 20th century, covering topics such as history, uses and typical problems. It also contains tips on repairing and restoring each material, as well as sources of information for further research.

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Building from the first half of the twentieth century are becoming prime candidates for historic preservation and new uses. But their preservation and rehabilitation typically raise technical questions that can challenges even the most knowledgeable professional. What is involved in maintaining and restoring the hundreds of construction products--some now classic, others obscure--that came into use after the turn of the century? Here at last is a professional resource that examines important twentieth-century construction materials; metals, concrete, wood and plastics, masonry, glass, and materials for flooring, roofing, siding, and walls. Refer to it for historical information about an array of common building materials and important brand-name products; discussions of conservation issues and approaches; guidance for further research. Copiously illustrated with historic advertisements and photographs of the next generation of historic landmarks, Twentieth-Century Building Materials reflects the expertise of forty-seven distinguished contributors. It will prove invaluable for all historic preservation professionals--architects, engineers, and conservators--as well as students and individuals with a pasion for modern architecture and the history of building technology.

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