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Historic Examples of Masonry

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Although masonry is one of the oldest occupations in history, masonry techniques have changed over the centuries.

Did you know that stones have been utilized in construction for over 6,000 years? Although masonry is one of the oldest occupations in history, masonry techniques have changed over the centuries. Viewing the ancient civilization structures can provide an insight into modern building materials. Let’s take a look at the significant examples of historic masonry.

Egyptian Pyramids

The Egyptian pyramids are one of the most impressive works of historical masonry in the world. Construction for them began more than 2,000 years ago. Copper tools were used to cut and stack large pieces of limestone. The Egyptians also used granite to make stable roof structures and lined the walls of burial chambers within the pyramids. These materials were available in the hills along the Nile River.  

If your property in Maryland has deteriorating historic brick or stone, you should contact an expert immediately. The team at Del Prete Masonry will send a professional mason to your structure to examine your needs and provide an expert solution. This assessment will ensure that your restoration is achieved.

Various Roman Masonry Work

The ancient Romans invented concrete. They developed it by combining volcanic ash, pieces of stone, water, and lime. Concrete permitted the Romans to construct sturdy walls quickly and affordably using stone blocks. Concrete is highly flexible and has intense strength. It was influential in building the iconic Roman arch, a design feature that led to the development of large bridges, aqueducts, and the Colosseum.  

Stones and Clay Used During the Middle Ages

Stone and clay were mainly used as masonry materials through the Middle Ages. During this era, Europe’s stunning construction projects were durable castle walls, cathedrals, and bridges. These advances in masonry methods and arch design rapidly led to Gothic architecture, a type of style known for its vaulted ceilings.

Masonry has progressed over the centuries with its diverse, longevity construction technique since its earliest uses in the ancient world. We know that every structure in Maryland varies, and we customize our services depending on the intensity of your home or businesses’ deterioration.


Whether you are ready to start your next masonry project or are still hesitant and have questions, Del Prete Masonry is here to help. We have the experience and expertise to get it right the first time. Questions? Want to visit some of our residential or commercial projects? Ready to set up a consultation? Feel free to give us a call at 410-683-0650 or visit us online. We are happy to serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and to keep up with our new and exciting projects, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

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