The Madcap Masonry of Clinker Bricks


Hyperallergic posted a quirky story about the history of clinker bricks.

With twisted, charred shapes distended in chaotic lines, clinker brick looks like the deranged work of a madman. Around 1900 with the Arts and Crafts movement, these previously discarded chunks of vitrified material from the brick-making process were suddenly prized for their organic feel. Built into walls, fireplaces, and foundations across the United States, a few examples still stand, appearing like moments of insanity in our mostly uniform architecture.

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