Thursday, November 16, 2017

Antique bricks



This pathway in Maclay Gardens State Park was created from antique bricks that were recycled from an old street in Tampa, Florida. The bricks were originally manufactured in different cities, but most of them came from a company called Westport Paving and Brick in Baltimore, Maryland which was founded in 1905. These bricks were so popular in the early 20th century that they were shipped to many cities for construction of streets and buildings. When automobiles became more prevalent, a smoother surface was needed for streets, so many of the bricks were removed and sold for other purposes like this beautiful pathway.

17 comments:

Tom said...

...a beautiful bit of history.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Fantástico este caminho.
Continuação de boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

biebkriebels said...

We still use brick ways, but not for highways. I like them.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I like the pathway with the trees and plants. It is neat to see the old blocks from the company in Baltimore. Have a great day!

Marleen said...

We see them here a lot, mostly in footpaths. Nice to see that these old bricks were re-used here!

Sandra said...

across the river from where I live now, all the streets were brick when I was growing up. I knew we were almost to my grandmothers house because the sound of tires on bricks told me.

RedPat said...

It is really beautiful, Lois!

Sharon Anck said...

They've done a wonderful job reusing those bricks. I remember seeing old bricks used in new construction back in my home town in Illinois.

Lowell said...

That's a super idea. I remember when we bought our first home in Scottsdale, Arizona, we were warned not to use Mexican brick because it was inferior and would crumble over time. These look like they've stood the test of time. We've got a driveway which is covered with "pavers" which look like bricks but are not. We like them, though, so plan to finish the driveway and then cover the lanai with the pavers.

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful pathway and it is good that the bricks are still around!

William Kendall said...

That is a wonderful idea!

Adam said...

well at least they were recycling

bill burke said...

That was a wonderful idea to reuse those bricks, and they look great.

Linda said...

Nice! I like seeing old bricks like this.

Kay said...

We stayed in an historic resort in the San Juan Islands that had brick walkways from old stamped bricks like these. I'd never seen ones like this before. Aren't they fascinating?

Revrunner said...

More precious now than the day they were laid.

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for the photo's and thanks for the interesting information too.

All the best Jan