Ladies and gentlemen, I give you . . . the brick:
Not much to look at, is it? A five-pound 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 (all at least ninety years old):
A corner of the Arts Fifth Avenue building (1920) at the corner of 5th Avenue and Allen Avenue in Fairmount.
Commercial building (1909) of pasta pioneer Louis Bicocchi on Jennings Avenue.
Land Title Block Building (1889, Haggart and Sanguinet) on East 4th Street.
On South Main Street the junction of the Sawyer and Joslin buildings (1905, 1910).
Binyon-O’Keefe Storage (1916, Sanguinet and Staats) on Calhoun Street.
The 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.
Thannisch Building (1907) on East Exchange Avenue.
Wall of the Swift packing plant (1902) on Northeast 23rd Street. The darker bricks are bricks whose ends were chiseled into points.
Commercial building (1906) at 219 South Main Street, now occupied by the Frank Kent company.
The old Santa Fe Union Depot (1900) on Jones Street.
The bricks on East Exchange Avenue in front of the building that housed the offices of the Swift packing plant are laid in a herringbone pattern.
And naturally there is fine brickwork on the monument (1922) in the bricklayers union plot at Oakwood Cemetery.