Inspiration: Dry-Stacked Stone Fences

Limestone is a common, indigenous material here in Kansas. So common at one time, in fact, that miles of fences made of stacked limestone were built throughout the state. They are a meaningful and beautiful reference point for even contemporary construction.

Pictured above are just a few Kansas dry stone fences gathered from around the web. Some are in better condition than others, as they are marked by the years that have passed since they were first painstakingly laid. The fences are called "dry stone" because they are simply fitted together, not mortared. Kansas legislature authorized the construction of these fences in 1867, before barbed wire came on the scene.

They're inspiring at the least, and I often find myself daydreaming about building a small house that incorporates this simple local beauty of stacking stones.

If you want to see more, take a look at Lynette and Glen's Pics Flickr photostreams.

Images: Ann Williamson / Topeka Capital-Journal, Native Stone Scenic Byway, Stone Fence Restoration Workshop, Keith Davis,

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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