Briones house demolition, Palo Alto

Briones house, made from rammed earth around 1850

There has been a long running legal battle to prevent the demolition of a historic rammed earth house in Palo Alto, California. The house was constructed by the businesswoman around 1850, and is one of the earliest examples of rammed earth construction on the west coast of America. The current owners wish to demolish the building, but a consortium of interested parties have funded legal action in an attempt to preserve the structure. A fully video record of the structure is now being made by a team from Stanford University.

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