|Chicago Street Paver Bricks - These have been saved from street resurfacing projects.|
|Original surface Chicago Street Paver Bricks and Uncovered Trolley Tracks.|
|Chicago Street Paver Bricks uncovered.|
Street Pavers were much denser than the common bricks used for buildings, although some multi-unit properties use the Street Pavers for the front facade of the building. When the Street Pavers became worn under heavy traffic or damaged in some way, they were individually dug-up and flipped over, putting the previous underside on top which gave the repair a like new quality.
|Rear of 1363 N. Bosworth, Chicago, Illinois.The utterly plain backside is done in Chicago common brick.|
Then Congress passed the Clean Air Act in 1970 and the newly established Environmental Protection Agency required the Illinois Brick Company to bring their kilns and processing facilities into compliance with new regulations. This would have cost the Illinois Brick Company millions of dollars so, rather than complying, they decided to shut down brick manufacturing operations.
For people that insist Chicago used cobblestone on the streets, contact the experts at the Colonial Brick Company at 2222 S. Halsted, Chicago. 312-733-2600. "Specializing in Chicago Antique Brick since 1968." They will verify that Chicago did not use cobblestone for street paving. They were Chicago Street Paver Bricks, as they reclaim, clean and resell them for commercial use.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.