The caves and smokestacks and giant brick kilns scattered throughout Rosendale are all that remains of an era over a hundred years ago when this little town was a world-famous brand name. The layers of dolomite that produce a durable hydraulic cement were first discovered by engineers working on the Erie Canal in 1818 in western New York.[…]
Restoring an Island Fortress Brick by Brick
By Ted Cushman. Reprinted from Coastal Contractor.
Clay brick is one of civilization’s oldest building materials. And brick remains one of the most durable building materials in the market, even in tough coastal conditions. But if you want a brick building to last, of course, you have to use the brick correctly.[…]