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Historic Masonry Workshop

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm



June 22
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $600
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Prescott Farm
2009 W Main Rd
Middletown, RI 02842 United States
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401–846–4152 ext.123
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Newport Restoration Foundation
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This two-weekend program is geared toward contractors, DIY historic homeowners, and students of the trades.

Program Objectives:

This masonry preservation workshop will teach the fundamentals of masonry brick and stone construction and techniques for stabilization, repair, and repointing.

  • Review the short- and long-term health effects of masonry restoration.
  • Identify and assess masonry materials and styles.
  • Identify and carefully understand cause and effect prior to executing repairs.
  • Understand the differences between today’s code-compliant mortars and historic mortars.
  • Non-invasively remove deteriorating mortars with both manual and power tools.
  • Mix historically appropriate mortars.
  • Repoint on sample boards along with on actual historic structures.
  • Repoint masonry utilizing both hawk and slick and squeeze bag techniques.
  • Weathering of newly installed mortars


Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone with a strong interest in working with traditional masonry techniques.
  • 18+ years
  • Basic construction skills are a plus, but not required.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for several hours.


What to Expect:

Besides a good time, prepare to be active and learn. Participants will be sitting, standing, crouching, using repetitive motions with their hands, and potentially climbing ladders, in addition to working outside in the weather.

Participants should:

  • Wear comfortable works clothes and close-toed shoes.
  • Bring gloves and safety glasses.
  • Bring a jacket and/or a rain jacket in case of rain and temperature changes.
  • Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and/or a sun hat.
  • Lunch, snacks and water bottle.


We Will Provide:

  • Tools and Materials
  • Additional sunscreen
  • A masonry restoration booklet



  • The 4 day program costs $600 in total (a link with payment request will be sent separately)


Complete the online application here!