Used Medina curbing is reincarnated as steps and wall caps around this salvaged stone sidewalk patio. (more pictures)
Shortly after Medina stone was discovered during construction on the Erie Canal, its popularity exploded for paving and construction. When we reclaim Medina curbing, we find it in stunning shades of brown, tan, gray and red.
In many Northeast cities, including Cleveland and Syracuse, you can still see historic Medina curbing on roadways — even if its been updated with modern paving. For more on the heritage of this recovered material, check out the history section.
Our customers create one-of-a-kind features around their homes and businesses with old curbing. Many use it for its original purpose, as edging around walkways, driveways, patios and more. You can also build steps and retaining walls, or lay it on its side to design fireplaces and other unique projects. Contact us today to discuss your needs and our current inventory.
You can create steps from salvaged curbing that has a relatively flat face and top. Just lay the curb on its side, creating a step tread with all the character of a stone carved a century ago.
Curbing with one relatively flat side can be laid down as large pavers to create patios, driveways and walkways. The joint between the slabs can be straight and tight for a more formal look, or wider and rough for a more rustic appearance.
When laid flat and stacked, curbing makes great retaining walls up to 10 feet high and provides many design options. The curb may be dry stacked, pinned together, battered or mortared. To create a clean look, expose the finished tops. For rustic appeal, expose the bottoms — or try a combination of both for a beautiful variation in texture.
Of course, the antique curbing we recover can be used as curbing again. It also works well for an edge restraint for steps, raised garden beds or stone path edging.
To discover more about the history of our reclaimed curbing, visit the History section below.
Medina stone was first discovered during the construction of the first Erie Canal in the 1820s. An excellent paving and construction material, the stone was used for roads, bridges and hundreds of public buildings, churches, mansions and farmhouses. After curbing and building block were cut, cobblestones were created from the smaller pieces that were left over and used to pave roads.
Eventually, cobblestone roadways were constructed all over New York State and as far west as Michigan, Wisconsin and Colorado. To satisfy demand, numerous quarries opened near Medina, New York, where the stone was excavated in stunning shades of red, brown, tan and gray. These quarries are all abandoned today, but the stone they produced is still as vibrant and durable as ever.
To make curbing, large blocks of Medina stone was split into sheets and broken down into curb-sized pieces. The top and street-side faces of the curb were hand-tooled to create a flat surface. Today, marks from these tools are still clearly visible, showing the incredible workmanship that went into the curb’s creation.
In later years, curbing slabs were cut from large blocks using a saw, creating very flat sides; the tops were still usually hand-tooled. You may see both types of reclaimed curbing in your order.