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Restoring Historic Craftsmanship in a Current Day-Joesler Homes

May 27, 2015

Historic Joesler Homes-
Josias Joesler was a Swiss born architect who once grazed the hills of the Catalina foothills in search of the next eclectic build.  His style so far ahead of its time and full of elegant details that would be relevant in todays building styles.  The floors were poured with colored concrete and utilized hand formed baseboards.  The exterior walls were made with burnt adobe bricks or fired clay bricks.  The interior walls were done using a hand stucco wall sheathing method where paper is laid down and a wired mesh over that is then filled with a mortar mix using lime.  Other elaborate details include tiled roofs, 45 degree brick parapets, ceramic tile mosaics , woodworking and ornate ironworks are just a few of his signature style.  His architecture is mainly associated with the Spanish Colonial revival style.  Joesler always used the best and most relevant materials available.

 

Working with old age building materials is not always a realistic endeavor.  Many of the materials used 80 some years ago are not available in the manner they once were available.  Building materials have under gone an evolution in not only the materials, but in technique as well.  For example, interior walls where built by plasters, which are now replaced by drywallers.  The materials have changed from lath and mortar to a gypsum based material called joint compound.  Joint compound can be used like an old age building material in order to fill areas that need repair.  Old walls can succumb to damage where cracks and holes can appear.  In some cases, the depth can be up to a few inches deep.  Using nylon mesh just like the old wired mesh, the area can be filled properly using new age building materials utilizing drywall techniques.  These homes can be worked on using conventional building materials while maintaining an old world feel and look.

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