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Italy Design/Build: Masonry Restoration


Spend two weeks in the Italian Alps working to restore 500 year-old vernacular stone buildings and learning design skills necessary for this type of restoration and for independent restoration you may subsequently tackle.

Yestermorrow has collaborated with the Canova Association since 2010 in the preservation and adaptive re-use of abandoned stone buildings throughout the Ossola Valley, north of Lago Maggiore and Milan. Projects have included a small water-powered mill, a barn, a communal laundry, a stone oven and a vaulted cantina. Much of our work is focused on restoring the abandoned village of Ghesc.

While prior masonry skills are not required for this course, nor is being able to speak fluent Italian (the course is taught in English with the option of Italian), a consistent ability to engage in modest hiking, heavy lifting, and day-long stamina is desirable. The masonry work can be tailored to each individual’s physical ability as necessary. Those who will have the most rewarding time are those who are comfortable with physical work, international travel, and graduate level studies. 

This course is a combination of masonry construction, historic preservation, adaptive re-use, natural building techniques and application of design/build philosophy. Participants will enjoy field trips, authentic food, and spectacular accommodations. Food and lodging are included in the tuition price, flights are not. Students are responsible for organizing their own travel.

Earlier Event: June 18
Art of Stone, at Yestermorrow