sources for oddball 50s brick size?

Jul 15 '13 10 Last Comment
Jul 15, 13 12:11 pm

Recently started preliminary work on a side gig rehabbing a 50's mod house. Has a very cool elongated roman brick (measures out to 1 5/8" x 16 5/8" actual). There's one retaining wall blown out that'll need some work - won't take much, less than a whole pallet.

Anyone got a source for odd stuff? Might need to find a bigger brick to cut down...but that 16 5/8" length makes even that difficult.

much thanks.


Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jul 15, 13 12:23 pm

Looks like 15-5/8" to me. Have you checked local suppliers? Or try Belden Brick.

Donna SinkDonna Sink
Jul 15, 13 12:30 pm

manamana is back! Good luck, looks like a fun project.

Jul 15, 13 12:44 pm

eh, I lurk a fair amount. I have to limit how much time I spend participating though:

Local supplier suggested a 12" regular roman brick. Says no one has made that size since the machines took over brickmaking.

45 7/8" - 29 1/4" = 16 5/8"

Part of me is suspicious it's actually a 40mm x 420mm metric size.

if it were 15 5/8", I could cut a monarch in half...

Brian HenryBrian Henry
Jul 15, 13 9:08 pm

Are there others areas of the house that you can repurpose brick from? Things like chimneys are sometimes abandoned on these older houses and the brick is fine. Not sure if this is an option for you though.

Sometimes you can find this stuff at salvage yards, but it can be hard to find a close match.

Gregory WalkerGregory Walker
Jul 15, 13 9:39 pm

manamama - assuming you're in the u.s. which would probably make this brick completely unfeasible.

but oh, holy my would i love to work with this... (wait, you say "greg, you idiot, that was a custom number.' oh really?

Jul 17, 13 3:20 pm

hmmm. That kolumbia stuff is nice, but I don't see a color that gets close. And yeah, probably tough to get to the US.

There is a fireplace and chimney that is made of a mix of this stuff and a standard 12" roman brick, along with some cut bricks to space out the vertical joints. My hunch is it was built last and out of the leftovers from the main house and the site walls (site walls are 12" roman)

But, it's still functional, and probably a bigger value as a master bedroom fireplace than as a demo project/brick source.

mixing in a 12" roman may be the way to go. It doesn't look THAT bad on the one chimney - it wasn't till I went looking at all the different areas specifically that I noticed the mix.  The mason was careful to keep the pattern of vertical joints consistent, with just a few extra vertical joints thrown in.

Donna SinkDonna Sink
Jul 17, 13 4:00 pm

Mmmm, that Kolumba project is on the top of my list of buildings I want to visit.

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jul 17, 13 6:31 pm

Architectural salvage yards?

Brian HenryBrian Henry
Jul 17, 13 9:29 pm


Yes you read correctly. Obviously, it depends on the area but there are quite a few local sources of used brick and other building materials. Usually they are just storage yards for contractors that have salvaged a lot from demo projects over the years.

Here is one that is most local to me,

Also one I've seen in Spokane, and another,

Google terms like "building salvage," "building materials," "used brick," etc. and your project's location or cities nearby. You might be surprised at what you can find.

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jul 17, 13 10:32 pm

^ Oops, didn't read it, was making a suggestion. @*$^&# iPhone.


And why does it add extra space between lines?

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