COLONIAL BRICK EDGING–FROM MARKET ST. TO MALVERN
Bringing the building blocks of history back to the farm.
We recently received the privilege of outfitting a historic Chester County farmhouse with a new landscape to match its architectural additions.
In the process of expertly expanding the scale of this native stone home, the existing landscape had been trampled until the various large machines and construction supplies needed for the expert buildout.
Phase one of the landscaping process involved new sod, new garden beds, substantial anchor plantings against the house, and a formal boxwood hedge running along the driveway on either side of the main entrance. We finished this initial stage of development with a historic brick edging.
The owner had secured pallets of historic brick used as the road surface on Market St.–literally, colonial brick edging. We can imagine Ben Franklin stumbling down on this same street over 200 years ago after one of his storied nights out drinking. The bricks have an interlocking design and company stamp that gives them a unique character.
With over 150 feet to cover–and a brick width of approximately 3″–this project required a lot of hands on attention, measuring, and careful installation.
We don’t typically go for garden edging–most products lack the elegance we look to create with our installations. However, this brick edging is a perfect trim piece to this evolving project.
I’m not sure we could replicate this installation, simply because the materials are so rare. It was a pleasure working with these pieces of history!