Unusual Brick Corner

An old mill building built along a New Hampshire river had a pair of walls meeting at an acute angle:

Acute-angle brick corner

Acute-angle brick corner

Architects know that bricks, being the prototypical rectangular solid, generally don’t work well in such situations, but I suppose sometimes you just do what must be done and call it decorative:

Acute-angle brick corner - detail

Acute-angle brick corner – detail

That steel post certainly took a direct hit at some point in its career, though…

  1. #1 by Raj on 2012-10-08 - 00:35

    My cows would love that corner for scratching themselves.

    • #2 by Ed on 2012-10-08 - 07:28

      Now that would be fun to watch! [grin]

      I suppose you could build a structure that’s all corners in your pasture, something like a star, and they’d love you for it…

  2. #3 by biguggy on 2012-10-08 - 12:59

    I have seen it used on obtuse angles as well.

    • #4 by Ed on 2012-10-08 - 15:57

      Nowadays, with all the fancy diamond saws, you could cut the bricks to put a clean knife edge on the corner. Back in the day, even a master stonecutter might leave a lot of brick fragments lying around the bottom of a three-story wall!

  3. #5 by biguggy on 2012-10-08 - 20:17

    I am sorry I do not know how ‘obtuse’ became ‘house’.

    • #6 by Ed on 2012-10-08 - 20:37

      how ‘obtuse’ became ‘house’.

      It started as “ouse”, which I corrected to “house”, as it looked like a typo and that was the closest match.

      But now it’s what you intended; sorry ’bout that.