The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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conservation lab

using a microscope in the lab

Stephanie Eberhard examines paint samples with a stereo microscope in the Architectural Conservation Lab.

mortar analysis in the lab

Roman McAllen and April Zhang discuss the procedures for mortar analysis during lab session.

The Architectural Conservation Lab is part of the Materials Resource Center and is located in the remodeled third floor of the West Mall Building.

The Lab is the home to the Materials Conservation course series and provides a space for faculty and students to work on their own projects. Additionally, the space allows the Historic Preservation program to establish affiliations with related facilities on the UT Austin campus, including the School of Information Program in the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials and the Conservation Department at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

The Lab also oversees the online Historic Stones of Texas Database, a resource intended to educate the public and facilitate conservation of historic stone structures. Contained within this database is information relating to stones historically utilized for construction purposes within the state of Texas.

For more information on the Lab, contact Fran Gale, Director, Architectural Conservation Laboratory.

The Lab was funded in part by a significant grant from the University Co-op.