Illustrated Architecture Dictionary


Squared-off blocks of stone used in building

Permits very thin mortar joints

Ashlar brick (rock-faced brick): A brick whose face has been hacked to resemble roughly hacked stone

Ashlar masonry: Smooth square or rectangular stones laid with mortar in horizontal courses

Coursed ashlar: Ashlar masonry built of stones having the same height within each course, but each course varying in height

Random ashlar: Ashlar masonry where stones appear to be laid without a drawn pattern, although the pattern may be repeated

Found in almost all western styles of architecture

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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