Heritage value of building materials: Former Workers Hospital of Maudes, Madrid (Spain) case study

  • Elena Mercedes Pérez-Monserrat
  • Rafael Fort González
  • Maria José Varas-Muriel
  • Monica Alvarez de Buergo


Building materials used at the Former Workers Hospital of Maudes, Madrid (Spain) were studied. The study addressed the information both achieved from documental resources and characterization techniques. Documentary work has enabled to know about the architect thought, the ideology of the project or the grounds that conditioned such materials selection; it also permitted to learn about materials provenance and/or its elaboration. Analytical studies provided information about petrographic features of the materials and their composition; limestone provenance was confirmed and new data on material manufacture were provided. Such information, which deserves to be known and disseminated, provides a significant heritage value to materials that shape cultural assets. Studies with a multidisciplinary approach represent a commitment to improve the knowledge and conservation of heritage.

Biografía del autor

Elena Mercedes Pérez-Monserrat

Elena Mercedes Perez-Monserrat: BSc in Geology in 1999 at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), Master’s degree in Architectural and Urban Conservation in 2005 at Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) and PhD degree in Geology in 2015 from the UCM (Spain). She belongs to the Geosciences Institute since 2003. She has conducted many studies on the characterization, provenance and/or manufacturing and decay of built heritage materials. She develops much of her professional activity in the framework of the science management and dissemination.  Address: Instituto de Geociencias IGEO (CSIC, UCM), José Antonio Nováis 12, 28040 Madrid, Spain.

Maria José Varas-Muriel

Maria José Varas-Muriel: BSc in Geology in 1995 and PhD in 2000, both at the University of Salamanca, (Spain). Since 2001 she belongs to the Geosciences Institute, working in the field of geology applied to building materials that shape the built heritage and civil engineering constructions. Her two main of research lines are the decay caused by physical and/or chemistry incompatibility between natural and artificial materials and the decay induced by variations of indoor environmental conditions. Currently she is university lecturer at the Geology Faculty of UCM. Address: Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas, Departamento de Petrología y Geoquímica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, José Antonio Nováis 12, 28040 Madrid, Spain.

Monica Alvarez de Buergo

Monica Alvarez de Buergo: BSc and PhD degrees in Geology from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), in 1988 and 1994, respectively. In 1998 she joined to the Geosciences Institute, engaging in research on the preservation and decay of geomaterials of the monumental heritage. She is now a senior researcher with the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), the Head of the Geomaterials Department of IGEO and the coordinator of the Petrophysics Laboratory IGEO. Address: Instituto de Geociencias IGEO (CSIC, UCM), José Antonio Nováis 12, 28040 Madrid, Spain.

Cómo citar éste artículo
PÉREZ-MONSERRAT, Elena Mercedes et al. Heritage value of building materials: Former Workers Hospital of Maudes, Madrid (Spain) case study. Ge-conservación, [S.l.], n. 11, p. 17-24, jun. 2017. ISSN 1989-8568. Disponible en: <https://ge-iic.com/ojs/index.php/revista/article/view/437>. Fecha de acceso: 22 ene. 2020

Palabras clave

documental resources; analytical techniques; heritage conservation; limestone; decorative ceramics; artificial stone

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