Orinda Adobe Building
This classic form of earthen construction migrated from the middle east,
across Northern Africa to Spain and then to the "New World." Native
American construction appears to be mostly monolithic earthen walls
although there are some instances of the Mayan use of adobe bricks in their
construction in Central America.
Adobe walls are masonry walls using sun-dried adobe brick and mortar. The
mortar may be an earthen mortar or a cement basic mortar. The walls may
be stabilized or not. In the United States, asphalt emulsion has been used to
stabilized adobe bricks since the 1930's.
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