I stumbled upon an interesting website today — http://www.historicalbricks.com . It is the website of Gavin Historical Bricks – “The Nation’s Largest Supplier of Antique Brick & Stone.” This company supplies large amounts of bricks for both historic restoration projects and new constuction projects (where the builder is trying to achieve historic look & feel). And the company is “green” too, belonging to the U.S. Green Building Council, since they recycle old bricks for new projects.
I was surprised by the number of types & colors of bricks offered, and Gavin’s list of historic property clients is impressive, including the Biltmore Estate and George Washington’s “Mount Vernon” estate. Gavin historic bricks have also been used in many high-visibility projects, such as on TV shows like This Old House, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, HGTV (twice), and several magazines.
The website offers a lot of neat resources, including an online showroom, a gallery of Gavin’s past projects, some history about some of their bricks (see the Purlington, left), and a guide for choosing the best bricks to match your construction goals. Check out the site, or tell your clients about it!