“Denver Stucco Plastering and Stone”
Stucco's history is long and dignified.
The ancient Greeks applied it over rough stone to get a smooth surface that could be decorated, and the Romans mixed it with marble chips to obtain a brilliant interior finish. The magnificent frescoes of the Renaissance were painted onto a form of wet stucco. It's still the finish of choice in Mediterranean lands.
America's golden age of stucco began with the California bungalows of the 1920s. These squat little homes, which were eventually built from coast to coast, quickly demonstrated the material's economy and design potential. Contractors found that, unlike siding and shingles, stucco went up quickly and would conform to any shape.
Better yet, stucco could make a humble house look substantial: By applying it over a hollow wooden framework, for example, a porch column could be given Herculean proportions. The Mediterranean style homes of the '30s also put stucco to good use for mock adobe walls and arches. Its ability to form compound curves made it perfect for the bulging shapes this style demanded.
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