At Experienced Brick & Stone, we salvage our antique street brick pavers from streets that are more than 100 years old. We carefully recover our historic pavers from resurfaced roadways and prepare them for resale.
Each paver has a beautifully worn surface from decades of use, but is still as strong as the day it was first installed. Street pavers are more durable than concrete pavers—and far more charming. Naturally waterproof, they also require no additional sealing.
With a range of colors, from tan to burnt orange to deep red, our reclaimed street pavers will lend an authentic, timeless look to your space.
Our customers have used historic street brick pavers to create a variety of vibrant spaces:
The first documented brick street was built in a small WV town in 1875. A doctor was tired of the muddy street in front of his office and petitioned the town to pave it with bricks. The town board declined the proposal, but the doctor was undeterred and paid to have the street paved himself. The project was a success and brick streets became all the rage replacing wooden planks and loose stone.
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Over the next few years street paving brick technology improved from the hand pressed clay brick used in buildings. It was discovered that ground shale mud with a minimum amount of entrained air created a strong and durable paver. At first they were hand formed in brick molds but were soon being cut from extruded logs and repressed to create spacing lugs. The newest of the pavers were extruded through a die that created the lugs on the sides of the logs and the wire cut face became the wearing surface.
Fingerprints are often found on older bricks from the hand stacking of green bricks prior to being fired in a kiln. Occasionally a paw print, initials or other imprint is seen on these bricks. The top of the bricks was worn smooth from the steel bands around wagon wheels & horse shoes.
Modern pavers installed in streets today will not achieve the same worn surface due to rubber tired vehicles. The original street pavers were installed in just a sand and gravel base with sand joints. Some of these streets are still in service over a 100 years later. The smooth ride and lower installation cost of asphalt paving eventually won out over street pavers which saw their last use in the early 1930’s.