Upcoming Workshops email Nicole at for details:

Adobe Brick Workshops

Santa Fe, NM Saturdays in May, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Intro talk at 9 a.m., stay as long as you like
May 6, 20 courtyard at the Palace of the Governors
May 13, 27 San Miguel Chapel

Carey’s Castle

Joshua Tree National Park, May 15-19
details TBD

George McDonald Ranch House

White Sands Missile Range, NM June 5-9
remove and reglaze windows, strip paint and repaint windows and trim

JO Ranch

Bureau of Land Management, WY
June 18-23, 25-29
Aug. 8-13, 15-20
roof repair (installing shake shingles and corrugated metal roofing)
installing rehabilitated windows and doors
repair and repoint stone walls
repair wood floors
rebuild wooden porch floor and stoops
repair animal holes

Larrieu Cabin

Mojave National Preserve, CA Date TBD
Details TBD

La Cantina

Wagon Mound, NM Date TBD
adobe repair

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Ojo Caliente, NM Date TBD
mud plaster

Capilla de San Antonio

Chacon, NM Date TBD
adobe repair and mud plaster


Cornerstones believes internships are a learning experience and should be mutually beneficial. The internships are unique in that the intern aids in the development of his internship responsibilities. For example, if an intern is interested in youth development, he can help to create and implement youth activities. Internship lengths are decided on an individual basis. Young interns can have their first paying job and an architect can gain valuable field experience documenting historic structures. Many of the internships receive covered expenses and an hourly wage. For more information, please email Jake at

Interns can gain experience in:

  • traditional building crafts
  • architecture
  • historic preservation
  • nonprofit management
  • youth development
  • videography





Cornerstones believes in getting communities involved with historic preservation projects. We believe an involved community takes pride in their historic buildings and cultural values. We appreciate the time people give us whether it’s an hour or days. We want volunteering to be mutually beneficial, so, we work with volunteers to make sure they get the most out of their experience. For more information, please email Jake at

Volunteer Opportunities

No volunteer opportunities at the moment. For more information please call Jean at 505.982.9521.

Adobe Conservation

Adobe Conservation: A Preservation Handbook by Cornerstones Community Partnerships

This richly illustrated guide is acknowledged as the best source for expert, field-tested information on the care and maintenance of historic adobe buildings—from small vernacular structures to the great Spanish Colonial missions. As a true “how-to” manual, it presents a user-friendly and straightforward approach to the assessment, maintenance, preservation and restoration of earthen buildings based on time-tested techniques. Excerpt from the back of Adobe Conservation: A Preservation Handbook.

As a public service, Cornerstones is making Adobe Conservation available for free from this website both as a single download and as a three-part download.

Adobe Conservation Handbook






Subjects include:

  • Architectural styles and materials
  • Tools and equipment
  • Materials and supplies
  • Emergency shoring
  • Moisture testing in adobe walls
  • Materials selection
    Mixing and testing
  • Making adobe bricks
  • Repairing and rebuilding adobe walls
  • Repairing cracks in adobe walls
  • Mud and lime plastering
  • Earthen and lime finishes
  • Removing contra paredes
  • Repairing corbels
  • Inspecting vigas and corbels
  • Splicing vigas
  • Compliance with State and Federal cultural resource protection legislation
  • Glossary of terms
  • Bibliography


Cornerstones uses hands, sand, clay, and straw to connect youth to cultural resources including their built environment. We work with different types of groups and we strive to tweak our activities to meet the groups’ needs. We can introduce common core standards and New Mexico’s content standards and benchmarks into any lesson or have activities based on a social setting. All of our activities incorporate problem-solving skills and free play. While our activities vary, we always remember our long-term goal: to introduce youth and adults to the importance of preservation.

Play with Mud (pre-kindergarten) Download Full Curriculum

Learn with Mud (3rd-4th grads) Curriculum Draft

For more information, email Nicole at




4th grade students at Tony E. Quintana Elementary Schools make miniature adobe bricks.