Yes, it’s come to this. A post about bricks. And the bad news is that it looks like it won’t be the last one.

As I was driving onto campus yesterday I pulled over and got out of the car so as to admire the impressive stack of bricks awaiting deployment on the new music building:

As I stood there I thought about how many pictures I’ve seen over the years of bricks, stacks of bricks, or people laying bricks on campus. It’s a lot. And I’ve taken quite a lot myself. There seems to be something compelling about the sight of bricks. I suspect all those even rows scratch some psychic itch for order.

Here’s one of my favorites, the masons working on Mech Lab in 1911:

And an early example of a deservedly rejected pattern–we did keep that thick mortar, though:

Inside the RMC chapel:


Probably the ultimate for me–Norman Hackerman with a pile of bricks, circa 1971:

And this is all that’s left of the old field house on Main Street, still visible through the grass:

There are more. Lots more. And some of them are even interesting. I’ll probably do one of the interesting ones tomorrow.

Bonus: Peering up at the pile of bricks out in the parking lot, I was happy to see this little fellow. They’re quite useful for keeping the rodent population down.

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12 Responses to Bricks

  1. loki_the_bubba says:

    Oh, bricks are going to be fun…

  2. That cat looks like it means business.

    I presume these are St. Joe bricks. I was about an hour away from there last week.

  3. marmer01 says:

    Yes. St. Joe. Several hundred thousand of them.

  4. Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen 1982) says:

    I was not aware they are building a new music building. Where will it be?

  5. Buddy Chuoke '75 says:

    Might want to check out Tudor Fieldhouse. Lotta bricklayers on the Rice Men’s basketball team.

  6. Steve Lukingbeal, Hanszen 76 says:

    I think that is the feral cat which disappeared from underneath my house about a month ago. I recognize that facial expression when my 85 pound dog went berserk when he spotted him through the window.

  7. mattnoall says:

    By chance, is one of your favorite movies “The Last Brickmaker in America?” 😀

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