Behold the Humble Brick: 1 Is a Doorstop; 1,000 Are Art

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you . . . the brick:

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Not much to look at, is it? A block of clay, sand, and lime. Ah, but if you clone that block by the thousands, mix up a big batch of mortar, and stir in some artistry by an architect and some skill by masons, then you get details of buildings such as these (the “baby” in the bunch is eighty-nine years old):

corner melton exchangeOn West Exchange Avenue this building (1909) with wonderful corbelling of the cornice originally was the Stockyards branch post office.

higher ed nash brick window

On Samuels Avenue a window of Nash Elementary School (1927, Clarkson), named for Charles Nash.

look up flatiron bricksFlatiron Building (1907, Sanguinet and Staats), built by Dr. Bacon Saunders, dean of the medical school of Fort Worth University, on Houston Street.

corner 5thSmall commercial building (1920) at the corner of 5th Avenue and Allen Avenue in Fairmount.

window olvOur Lady of Victory (1910, Sanguinet and Staats) on Hemphill Street.

chimney ball mockingbird 1Chimney of the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House (1899, Messer) on Quality Hill‘s Penn Street.

corner bicocchiCommercial building (1909) of pasta pioneer Louis Bicocchi on Jennings Avenue.

corner land titleLand Title Block Building (1889, Haggart and Sanguinet) on East 4th Street.

corner sawyer-joyslinOn South Main Street the junction of the Sawyer and Joslin buildings (1905, 1910).

corner eagle 2

Home of Eagle Steam Bakery (1895) on South Main Street.

corner binyonBinyon-O’Keefe Storage (1916, Sanguinet and Staats) on Calhoun Street.

526-jennings-brickworkThe building at 526 Jennings Avenue was built in 1913 as the neighborhood grocery store of John E. Wolfe. The building housed a grocery store until 1937. In the 1960s the Dunnagan family moved its iron works into the building.

main thannisch 2Thannisch Building (1907) on East Exchange Avenue.

swift wallWall of the Swift packing plant (about 1902) on Northeast 23rd Street.

corner 219 s mainCommercial building (1906) at 219 South Main Street.

entry ashton depotThe old Santa Fe Union Depot (1900) on Jones Street.

Behind the Union Depot bricks have been used to seal an abandoned pedestrian passageway under the railroad tracks.

bricks shinyNo overly artistic but notable for their history and for their sheer numbers—millions of brick pave the Stockyards.

More horizontal bricks

group graves bricklayers 2

And naturally there is fine brickwork on the monument (1922) in the bricklayers union plot at Oakwood Cemetery.

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4 Responses to Behold the Humble Brick: 1 Is a Doorstop; 1,000 Are Art

  1. nancy brownlee says:

    And when we were very small children, every street downtown, and virtually every major thoroughfare in the city- was paved with red brick. (When you’re a tiny child, you’re pretty close to the ground- so many memories are likely to be formed at that altitude.)

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