LaClede Wallac Brick

Manufactured in the Dogtown area of St. Louis and given to me by my friend, Charlene. Sometimes I will arrive back at The Brick house to an email that says, Check you back Gate to discover the Brick Fairy has left some gifts for you.
Laclede St. Louis Brick

Sometimes when I am jonesing for a brick fix I haul ass to Ebay where I discovered this gem. Shipped from Oklahoma, go figure.


Resurrection Church Redux:

Of course my attraction to photographing the church was the exposed brick walls, considered to be a bizarre style element in a church.

The supports are steel, the exterior brick is a glazed turquoise, white terrazzo steps to the altar (and mounted along the walls), brushed aluminum communion railing, blond wood pews, brass font, ceramic font designed by Hills Arnold, massive mosaic wall behind the altar and a deep dome above it with a skylight.

Check out the various angles of the cross along the Stations.

Resurrection Church.

Know that these photos are quite the coup. This church is closed and on the block. I visited, knocked on the rectory door and was admitted access. Danish Mod to the nth degree! The church secretary told me the church was designed to resonate with the St. Louis arch however this was built prior to the arch. The interior of the church (exposed brick walls, natch) is in the shape of an arch. And that's where the resemble begins and ends.

I sent a load of these photos to the BUILT ST. LOUIS site, they were used but sadly, I was not credited. Thanks, dude.


A complete and solid mystery, this brick arrived as a gift from my neighbor who was doing some serious sucking up. It worked.



This is a paver brick from my alley, snatched prior to the alley being paved over.

Hydraulic-Press Brick was located on the south west corner of Kingshighway with various brick yards that produced both common and front (decorative) brick.

Hydraulic-Press Brick Company was owned by T.S. Eliot's father.



Unlike the majority of brick collectors who prize older stamped bricks I am enchanted by the turn of the century decorative face brick such as these which range in colors. from the front of my building.

Speckle Brick



Interior fleur-de-lis iron staircase riser. Corner of LaClede and Vandeventer.


The surface of these bricks look as if holes have been poked into them. Usually there's another color along the surface, this was achieved by using salt or sand in the molds and often the kilns (up or down drafts) contributed to the final style of the brick.

The bond (how the bricks were 'stacked') used in these photos is called Stretcher. Bonds were selected for aesthetics, strength or economy.

These photos are from the TGS area.