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Building Stone of the United States:

The NIST Test Wall



Search for particular stones by clicking into the wall or
browse by the following categories:

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The stone test wall was constructed  to study the performance of stone subjected to weathering. It contains 2352 individual samples of stone, of which 2032 are domestic stone from 47 states, and 320 are stones from 16 foreign countries. Over 30 distinct types of stones are represented, some of which are not commonly used for building purposes. There are many varieties of the common types used in building, such as marble, limestone, sandstone, and granite.
This site presents the existing data and pictures for each  particular stone.

Authored by: Jaime Raz and Paul E. Stutzman
Inorganic Building Materials Group

Building and Fire Research Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Questions and suggestions: stutz@nist.gov.
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This project is sponsored by the National Park Service through NCPTT, The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training 

Last Updated: 29 August, 2000