Did you know?

In the 1880s, Alamo Placita Park began its first of many incarnations as a water park called The Chutes. Its star attractions were Professor Barnes’ herd of diving elk, who dove from platforms into water tanks, and local celebrity Sadie Boynton, who would daredevil down the chutes on a bicycle!

Masonry and Wood Trim maintenance can be a daunting task.  Historic Denver has produced these videos to help explain how historic masonry is different and to illustrate the process for some basic repairs.  In addition, exterior wood is covered to explain why rot occurs and how it can be dealt with. 

All of the maintenance items covered in this workshop have one thing in common:  WATER!  Dealing with the moisture in your home is the most effective way to prevent damage from occuring in the first place.  The presentation given during this workshop covers some basic maintenance items that will help you understand where the water is coming from and how to deal with it.  A pdf of this presentation is available here:


Historic Masonry Overview and a Demonstration of Repair

A Description of the Mortar Analysis Process

Wood Deterioration: Evaluation and Repairs