|Old County Court House|
Coming from a red brick town as I do, I am always surprised and delighted to enter a community where the prevailing colour is buff (or white, as it was often called.)
|40 Bond Street West (1870)|
The articles I've consulted explain it simply enough - it's all about the amount of iron in the clay. Higher iron content yields pink or red brick, As nearly all bricks were created close to home before the advent of the railway, the prevailing colours of some old brick neighbourhoods can be blamed on the local claybanks. Another article I read suggested aluminium was implicated, in inverse proportions, but I can't find that tonight.
|straw-coloured Ontario farmhouse|
I've also read that buff or yellow brick was considered more prestigious in some circles, for civic buildings,so that bricks of that colour may have travelled about a bit, once the railways made that feasible (if not particularly easy.)
|stately Second Empire|
Then of course, there are the wonderful outcrops of polychromatic brick here and there about the countryside. Another time, perhaps.
|neighbourhood in buff|
For tonight, I just want to post these wonderful Lindsay homes of yellow brick.
|Bond Street Tudor Revival|
|45 Victoria Victorian|
|serene Edwardian Classicism|
|eclectic Edwardian? - battlements, French doors, fish scale shingles|
|John Knowlson house - 43 Russell Street East|
|Sheriff John McLennan house (1875)|
Pretty impressive when they're separated out from their red brick, stone and frame neighbours aren't they? Serene, stately, pale and aloof. No blonde jokes even come to mind.