Selected Reading On Lath And Plaster

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This standard includes a listing of some known sources that may be referenced for additional information on specific issues relating to this subject.


  • Bock, Gordon.  "Restoring a Ceiling; Traditional Techniques for Three-Coat Plaster and Moldings."  The Old-House Journal, September/October 1990, pp. 50-55.
  • Bucher, Wm. Ward.  "(The) Crack Detective, Part I:  Beginning the Investigation."  The Old-House Journal, May 1981, pp. 97, 114-117.
  • Flaharty, David.  "Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster." Preservation Briefs #23.  Washington, D.C.:  U.S. Department of the Interior, 1990.
  • Garrison, John M.  "Decorative Plaster:  Running Cornices." The Old-House Journal, December 1984, pp. 213-219.
  • ________.  "Running Plaster Mouldings; Bench Work From Mixing to Mounting."  The Old-House Journal, August/September 1984, pp. 136-141.
  • Gozdan, Walt.  "Latex Paint, Understanding the Advantages." The Old-House Journal, May/June 1991, pp. 30-31.
  • Grimmer, Anne.  "(The) Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco."  Preservation Briefs #22.  Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1990.
  • Jowers, Walter.  "Three-Coat Plaster Patching."  The Old-House Journal, July/August 1986, pp. 285-289.
  • ________.  "How to Repair Stucco."  The Old-House Journal, May 1985, pp. 80-83.
  • Labine, Clem.  "Patching Cracks in Plaster."  The Old-House Journal, July 1977, pp. 80-81.
  • Leeke, John.  "Saving Irreplaceable Plaster."  The Old-House  Journal, November/December 1987, pp. 51-55.
  • MacDonald, Marylee.  "Repairing Historic Flat Plaster Walls and Ceilings."  Preservation Briefs #21.  Washington, D.C.:  U.S. Department of the Interior, 1989.
  • Milner, John D.  "The Use of Stucco and the Preservation of Mortar, Plaster/Stucco and Concrete."  Preservation and Conservation:  Principles and Practices.  Proceedings of the North American International Regional Conference, 1972.  Washington, D.C.:  The Preservation Press, 1976, pp. 177-189.
  • Minnery, Catherine & Donald.  "Repairing Stucco."  The Old- House Journal, July 1979, pp. 73, 77-79.
  • O'Donnell, Bill.  "Unwanted Texture Finish; How to Get Rid Of It."  The Old-House Journal, October 1986,  pp. 374-377.
  • Phillips, Morgan W.  "Adhesives for the Reattachment of Loose Plaster."  APT Bulletin, Vol. XII, No. 2, 1980, pp. 37- 63.
  • Poore, Patricia.  "(The) Basics of Plaster Repair."  The Old- House Journal, March/April 1988, pp. 29-33.
  • Poore, Patricia & Jonathan.  "What's Behind Sagging Plaster." The Old-House Journal, January/February 1983, pp. 24-25.
  • Poore, Jonathan.  "My Old-House Discovery:  The Screw Gun." The Old-House Journal, January/February 1985, pp. 6-7.
  • Technical Staff, OHJ.  "(A) Plastering Glossary."  The Old- House Journal, March/April 1988,  pp. 34-35.


  • Belle, John, John R. Hoke, and Stephen A. Kliment, eds. Traditional Details for Building Restoration, Renovation, and Rehabilitation; From the 1932-1951 Editions of "Architectural Graphic Standards".  New York:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1991. 1984.
  • Ashurst, John & Nicola.  Practical Building Conservation. Vol. 3:  Mortars, Plasters & Renders.  New York:  Halsted Press, 1988.
  • Shivers, Natalie W.  Walls & Molding:  How To Care For Old and Historic Wood and Plaster.  Washington, D.C.:  The Preservation Press, 1990.
  • Weaver, Martin E., with F. G. Matero.  Conserving Buildings: Guide to Techniques and Materials.  New York:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993.

Other References and Internet Sources

  • Bleekman, III, George M., et. al.  "Twentieth Century Building Materials:  1900-1950:  An Annotated Bibliography." Washington, D.C.:  Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Murfreesboro, TN:  Middle Tennessee State University, 1993
  • Minnesota Lath & Plaster Bureau Reference Library
  • Inspectapedia
  • Sacramento Valley Bureau for Lath and Plaster
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