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notrap 02-12-2019 08:17 AM

To macjake: coloful houses
Hello Craig,
thanks for writing!
You are completly right, the houses didn't look so colorful when they were built, modern paint is needed and not only chalk and adobe. In ancient times the wooden construction was protected against weathering only with soot or red iron oxide. After that, around the 17th century, cementitious mortar was used and the wood was hidden. This mortar could be colored, but pigments were expensive, and you could recognize the houses of wealthy people by their pastel colors. In the last decades the fashion is to let the wooden construction visible. My two travel companions for the visit in Alsace knew the buildings in the fifties and sixties, and they told me, everything was grey and looked rather poor.I hope the answer is detailed enough, I do not know better!
Kind regards,

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