Stucco is a common style in many parts of the world, but not many people know where its popularity really comes from. In order to find out, we’ll have to trace its roots all the way back to the very beginning.
The First Stucco
Most people imagine the stucco homes they have seen in history textbooks, but that isn’t necessarily the only place it originated. Early people used it not just for homes but for artistic purposes. A modified version of stucco was often used to give artists a canvas for the large frescoes that adorned buildings during the Renaissance.
The stucco style is usually attributed to the Spanish and Mediterranean cultures overseas. Their stucco applications are seen in the beautiful portraits of homes that are indicative of those areas. It originally came to North America through the Spanish when they began to settle parts of Mexico and the southern areas of the United States. The climates were ideal for this material because they were dry and had a great deal of sand.
In the beginning, stucco was popular because it was made with lime. This ingredient was very prevalent in nature, making it easy to find and build new stucco homes. Time passed and cement entered the scene, giving builders even more freedom to work new magic with stucco. The advent of a new material revitalized the energy and enthusiasm that stucco was met with.
The early settlers continued to adore the easy application of stucco and its durability. They tried to take the style with them as they began to expand their lands further north and further east. The climate didn’t lend itself as well to the stucco mixture due to the increased rain and humidity. Many of the homes in these areas suffered from major cracks, loose siding, and unstable foundations as a result of the stucco.
More advances were made in science and technology in recent years that have caused a resurgence in the popularity of stucco buildings. They now have a far greater degree of flexibility that is less susceptible to cracking with exposure to wet weather. Stucco can now be used safely in any part of the continent without fear for its longevity. It slowly became like the “marble of suburbia.”
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