Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

This project was carried out between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Arizona through a Joint Ventures Agreement administered by the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (DS-CESU) in collaboration with Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

Division: 
Drachman Institute

Tags: 
Casa Grande
Ruins
Historic Preservation

Date: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Faculty Member(s): 

This project was carried out between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Arizona through a Joint Ventures Agreement administered by the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (DS-CESU) in collaboration with Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

Principal Investigator: R. Brooks Jeffrey

This cooperative project assessed the condition of the original fabric and subsequent stabilization treatments to walls at Compound A, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (Monument). The original compound walls were covered in several layers of encapsulation treatment by National Park Service (NPS) preservation workers between ca. 1930 and the present. This project entailed the creation of a treatment history and condition assessments to all compound walls for planning future preservation treatments at the site.

A methodology was developed to systematically record the current conditions, which began with a comprehensive photo documentation of all compound wall surfaces, with the exception of the Great House, whose documentation was being conducted as an independent project. Using high-resolution photos of the wall surfaces, the team identified and inscribed the wall conditions (those present at the time the photographs were taken) directly onto the images using AutoCAD software.

The two main objectives:
1. To provide a comprehensive searchable history of the preservation and stabilization efforts that have taken place throughout the Monument’s history for all walls within Compound A except for the Great House, and
2. To create a baseline of current conditions.