Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[photos] Trapezoidal bricks

The other day, I saw this fireplace, and realized I was looking at trapezoidal bricks. I can't think that I've ever noticed trapezoidal bricks before. Bricks are, after all, noted for their consistency, their regularity, the rightness of their angles.




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Since I can't imagine anyone making such odd shaped brick forms as one offs, these must have been kit fireplaces sometime in the past. But what the heck do I know, I'm not an architectural historian? Or are these everywhere, and I've just been oblivious all these years?

ETA: I do know what a keystone is, and how an arch works. I just always thought of them as masonry, not brickwork. Or at least, not brickwork with trapezoidal bricks. Clearly a flaw in my education.

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