Old Chicago brick is literally just that: brick that’s salvaged from old buildings in Chicago. Genuine Old Chicago brick pavers — also called Old Chicago common brick — date to the late 1800s and became widely used as Chicago became the center of U.S. industry through the mid-20th century.
The brick rebuilt much of Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871. It was made from clay laced with lime and pulled from the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Bricks were fired in coal kilns and came out in different hues of pink and salmon. The lime content makes Old Chicago brick extremely durable — much of it has lasted through more than a century’s worth of Chicago winters — and it dries quickly. That’s good for places that get drenching rainstorms.
Today, these bricks are highly prized. We’re proud to offer Old Chicago brick for Miami and the surrounding area. Here’s where we use them most:
- Old Chicago brick driveways really stand out with those light pink colors that are so strongly associated with Florida. Their curb appeal is huge — you’ll be amazed at how many people recognize the light-colored bricks as Old Chicago style and appreciate their value. And the fact that these bricks do so well in hot, humid weather makes them a sound choice.
- The lighter colors of an Old Chicago brick patio reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorb them. And those colors complement bright flora featured in the landscaping adjacent to your patio. Just imagine a bright pink (and low-maintenance) bougainvillea growing to the side.
Old Chicago brick prices are higher than modern factory-stamped and produced brick. But, their history and durability really pay off in terms of enhancing home value. Contact us today to discuss your Chicago brick project.
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