these are my bricks

October 13th 2008 05:13 pm

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Back in 1886 some relatives of mine (I assume) founded the Stiles Brick Company in Bridgewater, MA. The industrial revolution demanded mountain piles of high-quality bricks, and the SBC cranked them out with maniacal fervor. Take a walk through Lowell, Waltham, etc… these towns are 99 and 44/100% pure Stiles brick. I have often dreamed of having a house built entirely out of Stiles bricks, obviously with the “STILES” side facing out, so as to passionately declare that it is MY HOUSE.

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At some point, the SBC underwent a merger of some sort and became the Stiles and Hart Brick Company. This business move created an unstoppable juggernaut of brick production that is in full force to this day. However, it entailed a redesign of the logo on the bricks, and they now feature a more modest “S+H” insignia. These bricks are everywhere, but you might never know it since the plain side is usually facing out.

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Well yesterday I was wandering around Central Square in Cambridge, MA, where most of the sidewalks are brick-lined. I happened upon a few bricks that were overturned, and was pleased as punch to see that familiar S+H shining up at me. Yes, this entire sidewalk is constructed out of Stiles + Hart Bricks, so as far as I’m concerned it belongs to me. I can’t say for sure, but I suspect that much of the metro/Boston area is similarly paved with my bricks, and I would be entitled to claim ownership of all the sidewalks if it ever came down to that.

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21 Responses to “these are my bricks”

  1. cheyanimal responded on 14 Oct 2008 at 6:20 am #

    boston is full of brick buildings, i think you should consider those yours as well. you can sell all those buildings back to people and use the money toward your cat army.

  2. Kyle Finchsigmate responded on 25 Oct 2008 at 11:17 pm #

    I love Boston. I miss it so. *sigh*

  3. cheyanimal responded on 08 Nov 2008 at 7:25 am #

    i met someone at the rose and crown who also claimed to be a “stiles” of the brick family line. weird….
    c

  4. cheyanimal responded on 20 Nov 2008 at 10:04 pm #

    also someone called the lab today for you saying they found some of your stuff in the street and they wanted to return it to you. thought you’d like to know.

  5. Colette responded on 20 May 2009 at 2:00 am #

    Hello I was gardening in our newly purchased backyard when I came upon several bricks with the STILES logo on them. It is not in cursive but printed out just like I typed. I also found bricks with C on them. Any idea about where they came from? You show a cursive one and with the little research that I have done I found that they came from J.L. Stiles & Son Brick Company of North Haven, CT 1875-1957. Any thoughts on this?? I would love to know the real history of these bricks!!!!!!

  6. Ana responded on 04 Jul 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    Please note the discussion of Stiles bricks and Stiles and Hart Bricks, and response, at the link below. The first brick building (and still part) of the church that I belong to was made of Stiles bricks from North Haven, Conn., some hauled to Cheshire CT by parishioners.

    Ana

    http://genforum.genealogy.com/stiles/messages/971.html

  7. Howard responded on 26 Aug 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    I’ve got a few bricks that I took from the remains of a house that was demolished in Westbrook, CT. The house was built around the turn of the century, 1890 to 1905. The STILES is in block raised letters in a recessed panel. The bricks are in perfect condition.

  8. chrus responded on 25 Sep 2011 at 1:00 am #

    Hi I am a Stiles my family started in Nova Scotia and moved down to Mass and Rhode island along time ago from what my family says. I was born in RI and when I was young I found boxes of Stiles bricks and my grandfather told me he got them from the family factory along time ago

  9. AskingAlexadrealover1579 responded on 10 Jul 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    wtf, so not only are u awsom you relatives owned a brick factory??? damn you win.

  10. Lincoln Andrews responded on 15 Oct 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    When you build the house we can supply you with those “Stiles” brick. I am the 4th generation owner. It is great that you still think of them as your brick. It gets in the blood. Brick are tangible and long lasting.

  11. Lauren Stiles responded on 28 Dec 2014 at 3:52 am #

    Hi Dylan,

    I married a Stiles on Long Island. We have a STILES brick found in our yard. Our house was built in the 1860s. Our Stiles brick is different than the others ones I have seen. Besides the two companies in New England, did you ever hear of another Stiles brick company, maybe something in New York? Long Island is a giant sandbar, so it’s unlikely that we had significant brick making here. I suppose there was plenty of trade across the Sound. Email me if you want a photo of our Stiles brick.

    Happy Holidays,
    Lauren

  12. Cherie responded on 28 Sep 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    My maiden name is Stiles and some friends gave me a brick with STILES on it. Recently, some workers at my house must have included it in other stuff for removal. It was very upsetting to me. I was just wondering if there is any place or way to buy another one. Thank you!

  13. Paula Panzarella responded on 19 Oct 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    Hi, Cherie,

    I just picked up a bunch of bricks from an old farm. Some are Stiles, like the one with script lettering at the top of this site. I live in New Haven, CT. Probably it will cost $10 to mail to you, but if you live near me you can come and get it. Let me know.

  14. Paula Panzarella responded on 30 Oct 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    Dylan, do you still look at these postings? Does anyone know how I can get in touch with Cherie to arrange to give her a Stiles brick? Please forward her my e-mail address. It is paulapanzarella@yahoo.com. Thank you.

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    I have about 175-200 STILES bricks and live in CT, the bricks came from a chimney taken down by a family member. I have been looking for more information on them.

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