Theses (Historic Preservation)

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Thesis or dissertation

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Suggested Citation:
Matchette, Nicole. (2011). A Proposed Approach for Stabilizing Verdant Concrete of Stairway to the Sky, Las Pozas, Mexico. (Masters Thesis). University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.


At Las Pozas, it is the coalescence of nature and art that has become valued by many who have visited the site. This thesis sets forth an approach that seeks to find a common ground between maintaining the decayed appearance of a reinforced concrete structure known as Stairway to the Sky, while preserving the material integrity of its sculptural concrete—a complicated task in the warm, humid environment of Mexico's Huasteca (was-tek-a) region.



Date Posted: 04 May 2012