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Term: grout (architecture)

Definition:

a construction method that employed a synthetic wet mixture of materials which dried into stone-like hardness. The early use of grout in Wisconsin was a noteworthy innovation. In 1844, Joseph Goodrich developed a lime-sand-gravel-water mixture that was hardened in wooden forms. His so-called "grout" method enjoyed limited popularity in the Rock County area, particularly in Milton where Goodrich lived. The Goodrich method used local materials in the proportion of one bushel of lime for every seven or eight of gravel. According to Goodrich, the method was durable and relatively inexpensive. Although the grout method was never widespread, grout buildings were built outside the confines of Milton. The diffusion of the technique was no doubt due, in part, to Goodrich himself. As the proprietor of the grout Milton House, a popular "temperance inn" and stage stop, Goodrich was able to use his place of business as an advertisement for his favorite method of construction. Known locally as the "gravel man," Goodrich discussed his ideas in the local newspapers as early as 1846 and through private correspondence. View more information elsewhere at wisconsinhistory.org

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[Source: Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986). ]

74 records found

G.A.R.
gable (architecture)
gad (mining)
gaff (maritime)
gaff-topsail (maritime)
gale (maritime)
Galena
galena (mining)
Galena Light Guard; LaCrosse Light Guard (Civil Wa
galley (maritime)
gambrel roof (architecture)
gandy dancer (railroads)
Gandy-dancer (logging)
Gangway (logging)
garnet (mining)
gas stations in Wisconsin
gauge (railroads)
gay history in Wisconsin
Gay Purge of 1962
genealogy
General (Civil War)
General Allotment Act (1887)
General Motors plant, Janesville
Geneva Independents (Civil War)
Gentile League
German Renaissance Revival (architecture)
German-English Academy
Gettysburg, Battle of
ghee (dairy)
Gideons
ginseng
girt (farming)
Give-her-snoose (logging)
glume (farming)
Gogebic Boom (mining)
Gogebic Range
Golden Fleece Awards
gondola (railroads)
Good Roads Movement
gorget
Gothic revival (architecture)
Governor's Commission on Human Rights
Governor's Guard (Civil War)
governors
grab bar (railroads)
Grading-crew (logging)
gramineou (farming)
Grand Army of the Republic
Grand Chute
Grand Portage
Granger Movement
Grant Country Grays (Civil War)
Grant County Sixth (Civil War)
Grant County Union Guards (Civil War)
Great Depression
Great Lakes Intertribal Council
Great Migration
Great River
Greek revival (architecture)
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Union Guards (Civil War)
greenbacks (Civil War)
Greene County Guards (Civil War)
Greenhorn (Civil War)
greenstone (mining)
gross tonnage (maritime)
ground swell (maritime)
Ground-loader (logging)
grout (architecture)
Grub-stake (logging)
Gugler Lithographic Company
gulp of ore (mining)
gunwale (maritime)
gusset (maritime)

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