We are passionate about natural stone, especially genuine cobblestone used for street and pedestrian areas whether historic (antique/reclaimed) or new. As the major importer of reclaimed cobblestone from Europe (Historic European Cobblestone) we are drawn to anything related to this topic.
A recent conversation about preservation of historic cobblestone streets here in the United States, resulted in our discovering interesting images and articles written by others who are similarly smitten by genuine cobblestone use and re-use.
We especially appreciated the photos and thoughts shared by J. Frutiger of Portland Oregon. In her opinion, old cobblestone streets have credible value; outlasting modern options of either man-made or poor quality stone replacements, and even asphalt. Her images below suggest that genuine cobblestone from Portland’s past, are worth the effort to preserve.
Note the 1st image above, old cobblestone vs. new paving stone – which shows ugly cracks and wear on the newer material. In our business, we explain to clients that poorly made new stone options, and especially concrete or man-made options, will need replacing sooner than expected – a shorter lifespan than more durable genuine cobblestone options.
Luckily for Portland’s citizens, when streets are torn up for repair or utility work, any cobblestones found that will not be reset in place are hauled away for safekeeping by the Portland Park Bureau to be cleaned and used in the future….not just a nod to history, but to value seen in the reclamation and recycling efforts that have taken root everywhere.
Have never been to Portland, but looking forward to someday visiting the city that seems to have their priorities straight on cobblestone use and preservation.