house made of mud

rescuing a sonoran row house

day one

one of the first orders of business is to strip off the old stucco (not to be confused with plaster, which is the covering that goes on the inside and not the outside). and the guys on our crew–who are, so far: sean, herman, sam, rueben, tino and michael–were making great strides with that today. we also got a dumpster! big excitement (can’t say i’ve ever been quite so excited about a dumpster before).

next week: they’re going to start taking off our completely inadequate sheet metal roof (good riddance). until then, here are a few photos from the official day one.


hey look, we have one of those spray-painted, construction-site, house number signs. it’s getting serious now.


that’s herman (or the back of him), hauling stuff around.


a fair amount of stucco came right off the front. they’ll leave the bottom until the walls can be repaired.


even more removed in back. look at how amazing our adobes look naked!


more naked adobes. these ones are newer–part of a 1980s stabilization effort by the barrio viejo committee .


the dumpster! yay!


sam strikes a pose. that’s michael shoveling behind him.


there it goes. hasta la vista old, crumbling stucco. pretty sure we aren’t going to miss you.


    Malcolm & Katie schnitker

    February 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    My husband and I discovered the barrio neighborhood several years ago and have been checking on it each time we come to Tucson. It was love at first sight . I am so envious of your labor of love. What a surprise it was yesterday (February 25) to see your project in full swing and to find your nice note and web sight. Can’t wait for next year!

    Katie schnitker, Santa Fe New Mexico

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