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A brand name for an early 20th century Acoustical plaster with good sound absorbing properties. Akoustilith plaster has a surface texture that resembles concrete blocks. Its unpainted surface was used for both visual and acoustical effect in the dome and wall of the Great Hall of the National Academy of Sciences building.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Akoustilith plaster; acoustical plaster

Resources and Citations

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Thomas C. Jester (ed.), Twentieth-Century Building Materials, McGraw-Hill Companies, Washington DC, 1995
  • National Academy of Science, 'The NAS Building' at Great Hall