Downtown Brick Walls

Another small downtown park where a building has been removed

Some plaster remains — apparently, the exterior wall of one building was the interior of another

Nancy’s recent post of walls in Everett got me interested in brick walls.  After viewing some videos about brick laying, I went out to see what I could find.

After viewing the videos, the pattern of bricks made more sense.

For example, the course of bricks set perpendicular to the others are “bonds” and ties 2 layers of brick together — back in the day, the entire wall was 2 parallel courses going up, one behind the other, so they had to be fixed or tied together, with the bonding bricks.

Also seen is deterioration of the mortar due to moisture.  All these walls are ~ 100+ years old.

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Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

8 response to "Downtown Brick Walls"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: December 26, 2018

    Very interesting brick walls Rich. Seems you have quite a few old buildings with walls still standing. Except for that one old one and the one newer one I posted, I haven’t found — or looked for — any brick walls but the old ones would be a good find..

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 26, 2018

      Thanks! Still standing is appropriate because there are a few that arent – either thru collapse or tear down before they did.

      Interesting anecdote (maybe) The tall building photo — on the opposite side, my superintendent was walking up the alley one day years ago. A pane from one of the windows on an upper floor fell and hit him, luckily, the pane was falling flat wise, and landed squarely on his head. Other than utter surprise he was totally unharmed. Had the pane hit him vertically, it would have been a very different outcome!

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: December 26, 2018

    That’s some interesting information about the bricks – I wonder when that style of bricklaying came to the fore. I wonder how various past empires constructed all of the ‘ruins’ that are still around today. But it is too hot here to think too hard at the moment, so I’ll save it for another day!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 26, 2018

      Im finding the brick building techniques fascinating too — still looking for more info.
      The Mike Haduck videos do get into some of the history and he shows real life examples — pretty time consuming to watch them all.
      Hot there! 90’s + from what Im seeing.
      Stay cool, Im sure Kermit and Vern have found a shady spot.

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: December 26, 2018

    I love brick walls and don’t realize how much I miss them until I see them. They were banned pretty much in California after the 1906 earth quake. Adobe is about as close as we come to brick in these parts.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 26, 2018

      I guess we just take brick for granted here, seen it all our lives. Had no idea it is pretty much banned in CA — makes sense though.
      Why earthquakes in the Middle Eastern countries are so devastating — not much else TO build with other than stone and masonry.

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: December 27, 2018

    In Battery Point, a old Hobart suburb, I joined a walking tour led by a sprightly 90 year oldster, Miss Henslowe. In her heyday she was a driving force to save the tiny brick Battery Point workers cottages from demolition and redevelopment in the ’60s. Battery Point is now a tourist drawcard.

    Miss Henslowe knew all the various brick laying patterns used at BP and she showed us the key elements of each style used. It was one of those walks where, at the end of it you know quite a lot BUT, when many years intervene, you find the information has been overwritten! All I remember now is that various counties in the UK had their own brick laying style and quite a few are represented in BP.

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 27, 2018

    Thanks! — Miss Henslowe (what a great name) sounds like the quintessential tour guide!
    Just took a ‘walking tour’ of Battery Park — super cool enclave — well deserving of preservation — Thank you Miss Henslowe!
    Thank you too Tony. I understand overwritten, assuming in my case, it ever got recorded in the first place. 😉

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