Historic stucco in the Cleveland Park area of Washington, DC

Here's how we did it:

Ad from Sept 3, 1921

Ad from Sept 3, 1921.

Spanish Villas on Macomb Street

Apparenty, this was a model home for the Spanish Villas on Macomb Street.

Old stucco was re coated using a chemical bonder, and two coats of mortar

Old stucco was re coated using a chemical bonder, and two coats of mortar.

They didn't get to the root of the problem, the roof and lack of coping.

A new copper scupper, and new copper coping put on

A new copper scupper, and new copper coping put on.

Coping extends out allowing room for the new stucco.

Patio, steps, etc. are covered with correx

Patio, steps, etc. are covered with correx.

stucco coating came off easily

Most of the stucco coating came off easily. What didn't come off easily was chipped and prepared for re coating.

badly deteriorated terra cotta blocks and stucco

Bottom of columns showing badly deteriorated terra cotta blocks and stucco.

Bottoms were packed with super hard mortar

Holes are drilled in plaster stop for my drainage system.

Holes are drilled in plaster stop for my drainage system.

Stucco is cut off 3 inches high and stop put on.

Stucco is cut off 3 inches high and stop put on.

Weep stops are mortared on and holes filled with heavy duty mortar

Weep stops are mortared on and holes filled with heavy duty mortar.

Correx holds the stop of the patio a quarter of an inch for good drainage.

A spring line is the diameter of the arch

A spring line is marked across the arches with a chalk line.

A spring line is the diameter of the arch

Edges of arches are defined by nailing on strips of masonite

Edges of arches are defined by nailing on strips of masonite.

Arches are the same width

A strip is used on both sides.

This makes sure the arches are the same width

Wood strips are nailed on the columns in the same fashion

Wood strips are nailed on the columns in the same fashion

Mortar is rodded off in between the wood strips

Mortar is rodded off in between the wood strips.

Wall is filled in to the masonite and rodded off

Wall is filled in to the masonite and rodded off.

Base coat is roughed up with a rubber float

Base coat is roughed up with a rubber float when it starts to set.

Finish coat is white portland cement, white lime, and white sand

Finish coat is white portland cement, white lime, and white sand.

Finish is troweled smooth

Finished porch

Finished porch.

Styrofoam is cut into strips to fit in between channels on the Spanish tile roof

Styrofoam is cut into strips to fit in between channels on the Spanish tile roof.

Sheets of foam are put on roof to cushion the scaffold

scaffold on the spanish tile without a single teeny crack

We built a scaffold on the spanish tile without a single teeny crack.

Top of chimney

Top of chimney showing embedded quarters.