Construction of a Mortared Straw Bale House [F-17-17]

Presenter: Mary Holland
Location: SLCHA: Silas Wright House: County Gallery
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Thu 10:00 AM 09/14

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This session is a slide show depicting the experiences the presenter and her husband had while designing and building one of the earliest mortared straw bale houses in St. Lawrence County, completed in 1996.

Mary Holland was the designer and general contractor for the initial structure, and she also managed the subcontractors. She and her husband, Bob Spengler, finished much of the inside, including electrical, fine hardwood trim, mosaic floors, and trompe d’loeil walls. Mary has substantial training and experience as a software project manager and collaborative interdisciplinary designer in large development projects and special project teams. She has developed hands-on skills in many practical construction and artistic mediums.

Cap: 40

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