WWII was a phenomenally pivotal time in this country’s history and culture; social change was occurring, major economic restructuring, and political perceptions were being altered. But let’s not overlook the incredible impact WWII had for the plastering trades. It was up until this point that really no-one would touch drywall, much less attempt to build with it. Viewed as an extremely sub-par material that while, yes, might be cheaper and easier to install, just could not compare with the benefits of using the tried and true methods of building with plaster walls and ceilings. However, with the onset of WWII and the massive War Effort that ensued, raw materials were focused on the greater cause and drywall became one of the only building materials that were available to the public. Thus began the lengthy decline of the plastering trades and the full construction of authentic plaster walls and ceilings. This past week we finished up a Restoration of a ceiling medallion for a client locally, the very last home built in Columbia before the onset of WWII and thus probably one of the last structures built in this city in the historical fashion of true plaster walls and ceilings. The house truly is a beauty, both inside and out, and it was such a joy to see this architectural centerpiece come to life again in its entirety. As always, I hope you enjoy the process!