Historic Building Materials Collection

The Historic Building Materials Collection (HBMC) is a repository of material samples collected from historic buildings and sites around the world. The collection serves as a ‘library’ of representative building materials and products used in both vernacular and high style construction including archaeological sites worldwide. The collection’s primary function is to provide direct access to traditional and historic building materials either as bulk samples or through advanced sample analysis (e.g. cross section/thin section analysis).

A digital interface makes the collection a searchable online repository that can be queried with filters, date ranges, etc. Not included are commercial material reference standards, usually purchased, such as Wards Economic Geology reference set or National Forest Products Lab reference set.

The collection is organized by material composition: mortars, plasters, terra-cotta, finishes, stone, concrete, etc. The primary composition constitutes the first two digits of the Unique ID.

Specimens may fall into multiple material categories (a section of a wall may fall under finishes, wood, and plaster, with an assigned Unique ID of FI.XXX.XXX)

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Title
Collection ID
Other ID
Building Material
Site or Building
Date of sample
BR.US-NY.1927.BRIC.01
US-NY
41 West 86th Street, New York, NY Parc Cameron Apartments
PL.OHST.19XX.FRAG.01
Ohio State Capitol
Annex Building
CO.XXXX.16XX.FRAG.01
CO.TWAB.186X.FRAG.01
ST.TREP.XXXX.FRAG.01
ST.012.001
ST.MAHA.XXXX.FRAG.03
ST.011.003, ST.SAND.6
MR.FWKN.188X.FRAG.02
MO.FWKN.4; PL.045.003
PL.045.002
MO.FWKN.1A, MO.FWKN.1B, MO.FWKN.1C
PL.FWKH.XXX.FRAG.01
PL.045.001
PL.039
St. Alphonsus Church
Entablature above Corinthian column in the nave
9999
BR.WECL.19XX.BRIC.01
PL.TUMA.19XX.FRAG.05
Mission San José de Tumacácori
Sacristy East Wall, multiple locations
PL.TUMA.19XX.FRAG.04
Mission San José de Tumacácori
Sacristy East Wall, Quadrant E2B
PL.TUMA.19XX.FRAG.03
Mission San José de Tumacácori
East wall, lower corner near floor
BR.US-NY.XXXX.BRIC.01
BR.004.002
BR.US-NY.1927.FRAG.01
BR.004.007
US-NY
41 West 86th Street, New York, NY Parc Cameron Apartments
PL.TUMA.19XX.FRAG.07
Mission San José de Tumacácori
Sacristy East Wall, Quadrant E2C