Brick, Stone, and Mortar: Their History, Uses, and Repair

1-day workshop

Brick, stone and mortar construction was a common building technique throughout the colonial period.
By the middle of the nineteenth century, masonry construction was almost as common as wood
construction. This workshop will introduce participants to various brick and stonework building
traditions as well as to the varying qualities of the materials themselves. Equally important, students will
look at the evolution of mortar and its basic components. There will be a demonstration of brick
pointing with a survey of the tools and techniques used.

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Instructor: Ray Tschoepe & Tom Mcpoyle (Spring 2018)
Credits: .4 CEUs, 4 AIA LU credits

Raymond Tschoepe is Director of Conservation for the Fairmount Park Conservancy and an adjunct faculty member of the historic preservation program of Bucks County Community College, where he teaches a core course in building conservation. He is a contributing editor of Old House Journal, for which he has written, illustrated, and photographed numerous articles. Mr. Tschoepe lectures at conferences and workshops for Traditional Building and the Association for Preserving Technology. Mr. Tschoepe graduated from the School of Fine Arts master’s program in Historic Preservation. He then worked for nearly 10 years as an independent restoration contractor. Among many preservation projects, Ray worked toward the restoration of elements of Bellaire manor, Letitia Street House, Malta Boat Club and the entry doors and panels of Founder’s Hall at Girard College.

Tom Mcpoyle is a conservator for the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Recent projects as conservator include Cedar Grove exterior woodwork restoration, Letitia House restoration, Glen Foerd plaster medallion restoration, Lemon Hill fanlight restoration. Before working in Fairmount Park, he worked for four years in the preservation of historic decorative finishes for Albert Michaels Conservation in Harrisburg, where he helped to restore buildings such as Longwood Gardens’ Ballroom and the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.