The Fall of the Roman Brick

The Fall of the Roman Brick

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Regina Yunghans
Jan 9, 2008

We love Roman bricks and always start when we see them. They're much longer and more slender than standard bricks (about 1 5/8"H x 11 5/8"L). We rarely see them and they're almost impossible to source new these days without having them custom made. Today we saw them in a few places around the city and on some Brooklyn Heights facades near home. We noticed, for instance, that the Barnes and Noble building on 6th Avenue is built with them...

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright used them as shown up top. He would use a contrasting horizontal mortar joint and a brick-matched vertical mortar joint to accentuate the horizontal lines. Anyone else spot Roman bricks around the city? Anyone else appreciate their horizontal, flattened proportion?

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