The beautiful Noto limestone cladding Noto's Baroque Buildings
The historical centres of Mediterranean cities are characterized by buildings, especially monumental ones, whose external surfaces are often stone cladded. The historical buildings of Noto from the Early 18th century to the Mid-19th century, are an example.
They are clad and constructed from Noto Stone, a fine-grained limestone, heterogeneous for the presence of fossil, with a yellowish colour belonging to the Formation of Palazzolo. It is still produced by the Porcari-Tolentino quarry of Noto.
Whilst it is porous and shows some whitish stains after initial weathering and then suffers a metamorphosis of the external surfaces because of the formation of a thick salty crust and can fall apart after severe weathering it has survived well and still looks beautiful in the sunlight.
The same stone has formed sands that are used in top coat lime bound renders and lime based pointing mortars with an effect of uniting the buildings up which they are used.
Great that the press picked up on our work with the craftsmen in Barbados, and with local people
Great that the press picked up on our work with the craftsmen in Barbados, and with local people to …
On our last day in Barbados, it was good to see the vertical sliding sashes, made from Guyana Purple Heart wood, going back into frames within the Garrison House at Bridgetown. Tutors and students from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, with a little support from Mark, copied adjacent windows to begin conservation work on this building.
On our last day in Barbados, it was good to see the vertical sliding sashes, made from Guyana Purple…
Mark was very pleased to help Grantley Adams Memorial School, and a voluntary group set up to bring a former slave hospital back into use, with an evening event to demonstrate the building’s potential to create a better future for all Bajans.
Mark was very pleased to help Grantley Adams Memorial School, and a voluntary group set up to bring …