Blog: From the Bedrock

Join Us For a Virtual Quarry Tour with the Natural Stone Institute

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Adding warmth and a natural element to any architectural or hardscape design, Indiana Limestone is one of the most popular building stones - and has been for well over 150 years. Used on famous American buildings, including Rockefeller Center and the Pentagon, it's hard to imagine life without it.

 

Topics: Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone, Locally Quarried

It's All Here: Leverage Polycor's Made in America Supply Chain

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Patience may be a virtue, but after waiting months or more, you can’t blame even the most patient suppliers and shoppers for throwing their hands up in frustration as they wait for deliveries of stone that seems like it will never come.

Topics: Sustainable Design

New York City’s Hottest Architecture Uses Modern Stone Wall Cladding

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

The lobbies of New York’s most exciting new buildings and their wall cladding are dressed in Indiana Limestone, the same stone used to build New York in its Golden Age. 

Whether walking by one of these iconic buildings, or entering into one of their grand lobbies, you feel transported in time,

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone

A Return To Form: The Renaissance Of Structural Stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

For millennia, natural stone has been used as the primary structural material for construction projects around the world, and the future looks remarkably like that past. The modern building industry is increasingly choosing natural stone materials for their projects due to their proven, trusted

Topics: Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Sustainable Design, Natural stone cladding

Striking A Balance Between Old And New With American Black Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

AMERICAN BLACK® granite is tied to the culture of Pennsylvania, as well as its history, in fact, it’s tied to the history of the United States itself. From Valley Forge, to the nations’ first capital, Philadelphia, and historic Gettysburg, you’ll find American Black® granite. Monuments, mosaics,

Topics: American natural stone, American black granite, Sustainable Design, buy local

Building Strong Communities, One Stone at a Time

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Natural stone is more than just the culmination of its physical characteristics. Each piece has a life and an energy and soul of its own. A gorgeous slab can spark conversations, memories, and emotions. Natural stone has been used to build some of the most historic buildings across North America

Topics: American natural stone, Made in America, Sustainable Design, Locally Quarried, buy local

Not Quite By The Book: HASTINGS Architecture Revives Abandoned Library for New HQ

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

For several years, Nashville’s thriving economy has led to an endless reshaping of the city’s skyline. High-rise residential towers and 25-story office buildings dot the sky—alongside omnipresent construction cranes. While many of these new builds went up in parking lots, that was not always the

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Historic restoration, Renovation, Georgia marble, White Cherokee Marble, White Georgia Marble, Sustainable Design, adaptive reuse

The Stone on This Building Was Not Quarried by Children or Slave Labor

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Beckford House, 301 E. 81st Street, NYC nearing completion featuring Indiana Limestone - Full Color Blend

 

With its history as a family company, Polycor is taking a leading role in fair labor practice in stone quarrying. 

Importing stone can paint a troubling picture, beyond the obvious carbon

Topics: Safety, Made in America, Sustainable Design, Locally Quarried, fair labor practices

Once Abandoned, Grand Old Buildings Are Now At the Forefront of Modern Architecture

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Photo by Gensler

Turn-of-the-century post offices in major urban centres are among America’s most architecturally significant buildings. But, as the postal industry waned with the advent of electronic communication, the remarkable buildings these institutions often inhabited were often vacated and

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Historic restoration, Natural Materials, Exterior applications, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone

An Inspired Reverence For Stones Old And New: Renovating Place d’Armes

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

While cities begin considering lifting the stay-at-home orders, we’re all left wondering when we can get back to enjoying outdoor gatherings again. The possibility of taking short car trips to reconnect with local sights and historic architectural gems that may have been overlooked take on a new

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Cambrian Black, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone

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