All a facade?
I wonder what squalid tales are concealed behind this facade..
Probably just the same old story:
"..the homicidal bitching
that goes on in every kitchen
to determine who will serve and who will eat.."
Leonard Cohen - Democracy
The solid-looking stonework of these buildings is, of course, just a cement skin applied with wooden batons, later removed, forming the 'edges' of the stones.