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Sadly, in the last century, much of our architectural history has been abandoned through demolition to make way for new and modern structures. Hence, much of the craftsmanship in stone buildings has been buried and lost forever.

PB Stone has resurrected some of these structures by recycling as much of the material as possible and reusing it in modern structures such as new homes and commercial buildings. As a result, the painstaking labor of many stone craftsman from the 1800's has been preserved for many more generations. The examples below were installed in a new home in 2004.

Stone quoins like these were hand made with hammer and chisel in the 1800's, taking days (and sometimes weeks) to complete an individual stone.

Stone windowsill handcarved in 1800's

These are actual tool marks on a hand-carved lintel from a mason chisel made in the 1800's (most lintels weigh over 400 pounds!)

Full-size lintel

Wellington House Click To View Full Picture Gallery

Built in 1853 by English immigrants near Whitson Junction in Edumund, WI.
Salvaged in 2006 by PB Stone: 13 stone lintels, 123 quoins.
65 tons of 4" veneer produced.

Stone reused on this home outside of Monroe, Wisconsin by PB Stone in 2006.

VS2, Mineral Point, Wisconsin: Builders
Smith Reisdence Click To View Full Picture Gallery

Original house built in 1850's by local masons near Dodgeville, WI.
Salvaged in 2004 by PB Stone: 18 stone lintels, 12 stone sills, 212 quoins. 68 tons of 4" veneer produced.
Stone reused in 2005 on this home in Mineral Point, Wisconsin by PB Stone.

Bob Eisenberg: Builder

Rappold Home Click To View Full Picture Gallery

Built in Mineral Point in the 1850's as a one-story carriage house. It was later used as storage until the 1980's. Stone salvaged in 2000. Veneer36 Tons of 4" veneer produced.
Lintels and sills salvaged from demolished brick house in southwest Wisconsin.

Stone reused on this new home by PB Stone in 2000 at same site.

Tim Marr Traditional Design, Mineral Point, Wisconsin: Builders

Pustina Construction Office Building

Limestone salvaged from a local church (circa 1900) destroyed by fire in 1999. Stone converted to veneer and applied to this commercial building in Cobb, Wisconsin, by PB Stone in 2006, adding professional appeal.
Durnin Home Click To View Full Picture Gallery

This Victorian Italianate home (circa 1860) was built in Mineral Point, Wisconsin by a foundry owner (Lanyon Foundry) who produced many products such as wrought iron railings and manhole covers which are still in use today. Sadly, many of these products were also melted down and used for making military equipment in previous wars. Restoration on the house began in 1980.

The stone for this addition was salvaged by PB Stone in 1998 from a stone home (circa 1850) and applied in 1999. The stones around the oval windows are specialty pieces hand made by PB Stone using traditional and modern techniques and match perfectly the existing oval windows. Each window has 4 pieces. The brick on this addition was salvaged from a local farm house (circa 1870) and applied by PB Stone during restoration.

Bruce Geisbuhler, Geisbuhler Design, Fayette, Wisconsin: General Contractor
St. Paul's Missionary Church Click To View Full Picture Gallery

Built by Father Mazzuchelli, a Jesuit priest and missionary who spread Christianity throughout the midwest in the early 1800's, this structure was restored by PB Stone to its original state in 1999, saving it from collapse. It is one of the oldest surviving stone churches in Wisconsin.

Mahieu Studio Click To View Full Picture Gallery

Masonry on the Mahieu Studio (circa 1860) was restored in 1996 by PB Stone. The old brick was removed, then brick salvaged from a home in Potosi, WI (circa 1870) was applied by PB Stone leaving the stone quions in tact.

Tim Marr Traditional Design, Mineral Point, Wisconsin: Builders

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