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Cobblestone Buildings
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Cobblestone buildings were constructed during the 1800's, found mostly in the Great Lakes region, although they can be found elsewhere in the world. This category is for cobblestone buildings only. (Cobblestone streets and walls will not be accepted).
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Cobblestone buildings were constructed mainly between 1825-1860. It is estimated that there are approximately 700 to 1,200 cobblestone buildings located in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Vermont, Colorado, Michigan and Ontario, Canada. This type of contruction was used not only for homes, but schools, barns, shops, privies, smokehouses, carriage houses, churches and cemetery receiving vaults. Most cobblestone buildings were Greek Revival architecture style, other styles used were Federal, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Post Colonial and Victorian.

It is believed masons based their technique on cobblestone buildings and outbuildings built during the 14th century in Europe. These buildings were called flints, masons split cobblestones and used limestone mortar in a flush treatment.

A cobblestone is a stone that can be held in one hand, measuring between 2.5 to 10 inches or 64 to 256 mm. The shape is the result of water action, either by glaciers as they melted or wave action of streams and lakes.

The cobblestones were held in place by soft lime mortar made of locally dug sand, powdered lime and water. This type of mortar cured slowly, letting the stones settle and bear weight, sometimes taking 35 years to harden. This slow process allowed buildings time to settle without cracking.


How to recognize a cobblestone building?

Cobblestones were laid in horizontal rows with decorative mortar treatment to the horizontal and vertical joints. They have large squared corner stones called quoins, which is derived from the French word for corner. The quoins added structural integrity to the corners. They also have lintels (horizontal memebers above doors or windows) and sills (below doors or windows) often made of limestone or sandstone, but were also made of brick, wood or fieldstone.


Some of these buildings can be found at the National Register of Historic Places website.

Cobblestone Quest is a book written by Rich and Sue Freeman explaining cobblestone construction and listing 17 tours within New York State. Their book was very helpful in creating this category.
Instructions for Posting a Cobblestone Buildings Waymark:
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1. Post the coordinates from the front of the building. Many of these buildings are on private property, please be respectful and obtain your coordinates from the side of the road

2. Include City and State, Province, Country

3. Post at least one photo of the building, no photos of GPS or person are required.

4. Any information or history about the building.
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Original photo of the building is necessary to log a visit in this category, no photos of GPS or person required.
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This cobblestone building is located on the Northeast corner of 30th Street and 128th Avenue in the Hopkins/Monterey Center area in Michigan.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member lazyCachers

location: Michigan

date approved: 8/9/2011

last visited: 9/12/2011

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Found while traveling the back roads of Mid-Michigan.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 5/27/2009

last visited: 9/20/2011

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Will Carlton Poor House obtained by the Village of Hillsdale, MI in 1854

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member pollyw

location: Michigan

date approved: 6/26/2011

last visited: 9/9/2012

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