Custom Exterior & Wall Project Ideas

You’d expect to find antique bricks being used to create a traditional look for both new builds and historic reconstructions. But they are also showing up in some surprising — and stunning — places, proving just how versatile they can be. Check out these client photos of residential and commercial walls, landscape structures, and even ceilings.

Antique Brewery Brewery Bricks – Sonoma, CA

The beauty of natural materials is thoughtfully deployed in this contemporary home’s mix of brick and wood. Multiple photos bear witness to the brick’s infinite possibilities, from exterior walls to the outdoor kitchen to the wine cellar. These oversized, sandcast red bricks were reclaimed from the historic Forest City Brewery in Cleveland, OH.

Antique Brewery Bricks – Dallas, TX

Overlapping gables on this Tudor-inspired new build are a perfect showcase for the variegated red colors of Antique Brewery Bricks. Inside the home, they work unexpectedly well as an Early American accent wall to a modern stainless steel kitchen. Originally made more than 100 years ago, their quality will last for many decades to come.

Antique Brewery Bricks – Omaha, NE

From 19th century brewery to 21st century pub was a natural progression for this client. The jumbo size, sandcast red bricks give the walls a wonderful texture that sets a warm, cozy mood for relaxed socializing. We reclaimed the bricks from the Forest City Brewery in Cleveland, OH, which after nearly 200 years is still going strong today.

Antique Brewery Bricks – St. Louis, MO

Here we see these large, century-old, sandcast bricks adding warmth to the outdoor living spaces around the pool and garden. We especially like their use as multi-layered copings and projecting window accents. In the background, you can see that they were also ingeniously applied on the exterior of the main house. 

Antique Buff Handmades – Los Angeles, CA

How does a car collector display his treasures? In the grand manner, of course, complete with genuine handcrafted vintage bricks and chandeliers. The brick-lined ceiling idea is repeated in the home’s kitchen. Reclaimed Antique Buffs are available in neutral, sand-colored shades that offer great versatility to the designer.

Antique Buff Handmades – Nashville, TN

This new-build, Tudor-style home features a combination of Antique Buffs and stone that is unusual, yet looks perfectly natural. The warm beige shades of the bricks blend harmoniously with the colors of the stone blocks. One of our most versatile collections, Antique Buffs are reclaimed from demolished warehouses in the Midwest.

Antique Chicagos – San Francisco, CA

A century of architectural history finds a new home in this magnificent hilltop estate. Weathering gives them their character, yet the homeowner can rest assured that they will last for many more decades. Reclaimed from old Chicago warehouses that were being torn down, they range from buff to pink, many with the proud “union made” logo.

CA Clinkers – Berkeley, CA

Clinker is the brickmaking trade’s term for reject — a brick that was damaged during firing. Yet some designers love clinkers’ quirky, one-of-a-kind shapes and burn marks. The garden walls in these photos demonstrate how they can be laid and combined with stone to create a unique, artful personality.

Custom Clinker Blend – Seattle, WA

Darker red tones and burn marks characterize these irregular clinker bricks, reminiscent of Tudor buildings. We created this blend especially for the client, ensuring that no other building will be like it. Clinkers — rejected by the factory for cosmetic flaws — were popular during the 1920s Arts & Crafts movement, which hated soulless uniformity.

Old Tuscany Bricks – Birmingham, AL

This gracious home effortlessly merges Old and New Worlds, thanks to its use of reclaimed vintage bricks that look like they came from the Italian countryside . The Old Tuscany collection offers our maximum variation of colors, including oranges, pinks, reds and purples, some with white mortar stains for an interesting contrast.

Pasadena Clinkers – Philadelphia, PA

Distorted shapes and colors make this collection truly unique, and provide highly individualistic accents to the wood siding on this New England style home. Pasadena clinkers — rejected by the factory for their non-uniform appearance — range from almost-standard to totally freeform, as well as fused clumps for accent.

Pasadena Clinkers – San Diego, CA

Here we see clinkers built into the garden walls, a piquant contrast to the home’s shaker siding. Clinker bricks are fully as durable as regular bricks, but can’t be sold as regulars because of kiln-induced shape distortions and/or darkening. Early 20th century Arts & Crafts designers used them as a rebellion against machine-made standardization.

Tudor Clinkers – Alexandria, VA

You’ll be reminded of historic English Tudor palaces and stately homes when you examine these irregularly shaped and colored bricks. Just as in the 16th century, their darker red tones, burn marks and uneven edges are caused by mishaps during kiln firing. Because no two are exactly alike, they’re ideal for creating a unique look.

Tudor Clinkers – Alpine, NJ

Tudor style homes are popular in America’s New England states, and these clinker bricks are a great way to give the build a historic look. Clinker bricks are those which were distorted or discolored during firing. In the Tudor collection, dark reds and burn marks predominate, similar to England’s 16th century originals.

Photo of a full house built with Antique Brewery Bricks. It's near sunset and all the lights are turned on.

Antique Brewery Bricks

Gorgeous oversized sandmold red bricks reclaimed from the history Forest City Brewery in Cleveland, OH. These old bricks were of the highest quality when laid over 100 years ago and have stood the test of time. Incorporate some true American history into your new home project with these reclaimed building bricks.

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Close up photo of a brick built with Antique Warehouse Reds

Antique Warehouse Reds

Oversized antique bricks salvaged from the 19th century make a bold design statement in the 21st century. Rescued from demolished buildings throughout the Midwest, they come in a wide range of shades from dark red/purple to orange. Note: not all colors represented.

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Photo of the balcony of a big house built with Antique Chicago Bricks. There's a pool area below the balcony and a view of the city/surrounding area.

Antique Chicago Bricks

Reclaimed from Old Chicago buildings, these classic antique bricks for sale bring a century of architectural history to your home. On many of them, you can see the “union made” logo stamped into the clay, bearing witness to a proud tradition of quality craftsmanship. Colors range from buff to pink.

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Gable roof house built with Antique Buff Handmades. It's a front view of the house where front door and garage are to the sides.

Antique Buff Handmades

A neutral color scheme and a subtle sand texture give this unique brick type both versatility and design interest. Colored in the buff family, these vintage bricks will blend beautifully with existing structures, or stand out on their own in a new build.

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Close up photo of a wall built with Old Tuscany Bricks

Old Tuscany Bricks

A wide range of colors and sizes gives installations made with Old Tuscany bricks a quintessential Old World look, such as one might see in the Italian countryside. The key to the effect is the broad spectrum of colors, from deep red and purple to orange and rose to white mortar stains.

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Photo of a column at the entrance of a house built with Antique Iowa Pavers

Antique Iowa Pavers

These reclaimed building bricks are very unique, beautiful dark purple/black pavers with flash/stack marks made 100 + years ago in Boone, IA.

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Diagonal photo of a house built with Purington Pavers.

Purington Pavers

Made by the world-famous Purington Brick Co. in East Galesburg, IL, these salvaged brick pavers graced streets throughout the Midwest for 100+ years. Now they’re ready for their next life, enhancing your home with deep, intense colors from maroon to dark purple. Authentic street wear on one side adds character that can’t be imitated.

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Frontal view of a house where the two columns in the porch and the first floor outside walls are built with Purington Flat Pavers

Purington Flat Pavers

For a more contemporary look, consider flat pavers that have squarer edges and are not as thick as standard pavers. Ours came from the highly regarded Purington brickyard, and display the signature Purington dark red color range.

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Diagonal view of what seems to be a pool house built with Antique St. Louis Bricks. There's a pool and palm tree visible from this angle.

Antique St. Louis Bricks

Genuine antique “hydraulic pressed” bricks from historic St Louis buildings. Brilliant Red/Orange colors with some blacks and white mortar stained, these are the bricks that made St Louis famous. Very hard to find in quantity and high quality.

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Historical Street Pavers

Made to withstand centuries of heavy traffic, these vintage street pavers for sale are reclaimed from quaint old streets throughout the Midwest. Choose from America’s largest selection to create your one-of-a-kind driveway, patio or walkway. After more than 100 years, these reclaimed street pavers are still in superb condition, with durability and charm unmatched today. And they will not fade as modern concrete pavers do. We will be delighted to help you find the perfect size, color and texture antique recycled brick pavers for your project, and ship nationwide direct to your job site. While you’re looking for antique brick pavers for sale, you can find inspiration for your next project in our gallery of street paver bricks. Be sure to also check out our sidewalk pavers.


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“We have used pavers from Historical Bricks on several projects. The antique brick pavers and cobblestones contribute to the sense the pavers has been in place forever. Clients love this aspect of our work.”

Phil Liederbach, Liederbach & Graham Architects
Chicago, IL
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“It was such serendipity that I found you all. I desperately wanted to use antique cobblestones on our driveway and you were so great to find the perfect stone that fit our budget. Thank you!”

Private Homeowner
Charlotte, NC




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To save the past by reclaiming highest quality brick and stone from America’s historic towns and cities. To beautify the present by making these authentic antiques available to build or restore unique and distinctive residential and commercial properties. To protect the future by upholding the “green” principles of reclaim and reuse.

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John C. Gavin, Founder

Started Historical Bricks after spending 25 years as a senior member of Leonhardt Sullivan and Associates, a management engineering consulting firm with experience in the US, Canada, South America and Europe.

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Mike Gavin, Partner

Joined the family business after graduating from Butler University with a degree in Marketing and receiving a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law. Mike and his wife Annie have a son, Danny, and two daughters, Elsie and Betsy.

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