Ornamental Dry Pressed Brick, c. 1880 Hydraulic Press Brick Co.

Ornamental dry pressed brick, c. 1880 (Hydraulic Press Brick Co.)


St. Louis grew to become the nation’s largest manufacturer of face and ornamental brick with over 50 plants within the city limits including the colossal Hydraulic Press Brick Company, which by 1907 operated 22 plants throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. Hydraulic became the largest and most innovative brick company in the world. The collection contains more than 23,000 ornamental dry press brick in hundreds of designs comprising hundreds of façade programs, including entrance, window, and cornice work. NBAC also holds dozens of boxes of records from Hydraulic Press Brick Company dating to its incorporation in 1868.

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