Ashlar, chisel’n, and bluestone

Got a lesson in stone masonry from Gabriel Henriquez’ article “Shaping JMU” in this morning’s “Breeze.” Things I didn’t know before: JMU’s bluestone area is ashlar style, which is characterized by large rectangular blocks; masons chisel the stones’ facings to give them a more aesthetically pleasing appearance; our bluestone is “Stonewall Gray” named for Civil War hero Stonewall Jackson.

Things I already knew about bluestone? It makes for one beautiful Quad.


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