Sandstone & Limestone Homes & Houses
Using sandstone & limestone in the construction of homes and houses.
¶ Sandstone and limestone are abundant in the United States, but the many available qualities of each render a detailed notice of them entirely out of the question.
¶ The absorbent nature of sandstone, and the consequent liability to suffer from the effect of heat and cold, has rendered its durability a matter of some doubt; but we can point to numerous examples where it has stood the test of climate for years, and from present appearances may stand for generations.
¶ The light-brown sandstone of Connecticut and New Jersey, the soft, light-gray stone of Cincinnati, and the warmer-tinted stone of Mount Joliet, Ill., take the first rank as valuable and agreeable materials for country house building. All these have an excellent effect in combination with surrounding verdure, are easily wrought, aiid exhibit to the best advantage the execution of ornament. We should not neglect to notice the stone imported from Nova Scotia, known under the name of "Pictou", or Acadia freestone. Latterly this stone has been extensively used in the vicinity of Philadelphia, and aside from its delightful shade of color, is recommended as a durable material. Nothing could be more suitable for the refined architecture of a suburban villa than sandstone.
¶ Of limestones, those of Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Missouri are the best known, and are all extensively employed in building in their respective localities. Where the color approximates light-bluish gray, as it does in the Pennsylvania specimens, the effect is very pleasing; but the others are so white as to be objectionable for country buildings and houses, unless the mass of the building is kept in subjection by the influence of foliage.
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