40 mi (64 km) north of New Orleans, Louisiana St. Joe brickworks , dirt shed

February 20, 2010

dirt shed

Originally uploaded by anthonyturducken

from where St. JOSEPH bricks came from
to build new orleans
great work by anthony
-“Founded in 1891 when Peter W. Schneider acquired a small hand-operated plant. St. Joe Brick Works, Inc. has been under continuous family operations for 119 years. This plant located 40 mi (64 km) north of New Orleans is the oldest family brick manufacturer east of the Mississippi River making colonial woodmoulded face brick.

St. Joe Brick Works, Inc. is one of only a very few brick plants that uses the soft-mud process of making brick in which the clay is formed into individual bricks in a wooden mould as was done in the early colonial period. It is so unique in its color and texture characteristics that architects have specified its use in many areas as distant as Massachusetts, New York, Northern Michigan, and Minnesota. It has been used extensively by the Bell Telephone System, Rice University of Houston, and Texas Instruments of Dallas. Many churches and architecturally designed structures have been constructed with this material because of its characteristic aging qualities, although more modern buildings such as the Savannah Hilton in Georgia, The Hockaday School, Pan American University, St. Luke’s of Houston, Broward Mental Hospital, of Hallendale, Florida, the Heyman Oil Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge Campus), Tulane University, and the Botantical Gardens at Atlanta.

St. Joe Brick Works, Inc. is also unique in its manufacturing process: the color of the brick is determined by temperature variations during the firing process. No coatings hide the natural, rich shades of color. St. Joe Brick Works, Inc. woodmoulds can be used for both exterior and interior pavers and for walls with character in any architectural scheme.

The much sought after New Orleans “Hard Tan” and “Soft Red” Used Brick coming from demolished structures in New Orleans today were originally manufactured at St. Joe Brick Works, Inc. and other St. Tammany Parish brick yards in existence before and after the turn of the century.

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