Color Cement Handicraft
Pedro J. Lemos
ROBERT B. HARSHE
Director of the
Chicago Art Institute
for his early recognition
of Color Cement
IN THE MAKING OF COLOR CEMENT
HANDICRAFT the chief material used is Portland cement.
While this material has assumed a most important part in
the building history of our present time, there are not
many who know its history and source, and as every
craftsman is a better craftsman if he knows something of
the story of the material with which he works, here is
the brief story of Portland cement.
CEMENT DERIVES ITS NAME because of resemblance in color
to a stone quarried near Portland, England, and it was
named by its inventor, Joseph Aspdin. It is a
manufactured product produced by a scientific process.
At the beginning of the Christian era the Romans used a
natural cement very extensively, and many fragments of
color frescoes and friezes remain from the work of the
ancients, showing that they used color with their