SAH Newsletter

SAHARA Highlights: Brick!

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Oct 13, 2017

This month we focus on the many ways one material can be used: the ubiquitous brick. A search for “brick” produces thousands of results, which can then be refined by filters or additional search terms: country, city or region (e.g. brick AND Japan), or by building type or part (e.g. brick AND monument), by creator, date range, and so on. The results show how brick has been used over thousands of years, and again illustrate the comprehensive sweep of subjects covered through our members’ research. Thank you, as always, to our contributors!

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Almshouses, Buckinghamshire, England. Built 1657, sponsored by Sir William Drake of Shardeloes. Jeff Klee, photographer, 2013.

Mausoleum of Il-khan Öljeitü, Soltaniyeh (Sultaniya), Iran; detail of third story gallery vault. Built 1302-14 under the patronage of Sultan Uljaytu Khudabanda, Il-Khanid, this structure is all that remains of Sultaniya. Lorenzo Vigotti, photographer, 2013.

The Macon Armory Building, Macon, Georgia. Built 1884-85, restored 2005-6 by Sammy Thompson and Garbutt Construction. Dell Upton, photographer, 2015.

Merchant’s Warehouse, Bridgewater Canal, Manchester, England. Built 1827, restored and converted to offices 1995-97. Paul Dobraszczyk, photographer.

Great Wall of China, Mutianyu Section, ca. 1404; restored 1984-88. Dell Upton, photographer, 2016.

Preah Ko, Angkor, Cambodia, detail view. Built ca. 879. Dell Upton, photographer, 2006.

Amzie Moore House, Cleveland, Mississippi. Built in 1941 by Moore, a civil rights movement leader. Dell Upton, photographer, 2012.

St. Anne’s Church, Glasgow, Scotland. Jack Coia, architect, 1931-33. Vyta Baselice, photographer.

Abel and Mary Nicholson House, Salem County, New Jersey. Built 1722, this is one of the earliest surviving pattern-ended brick houses in southern NJ. Built for members of the Society of Friends (or Quakers); it is currently on the property of a nuclear power plant. Jeff Klee, photographer, 2013.

Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Frank Gehry, architect, 1999. Peter Clericuzio, photographer, 2009.


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