THE MASONRY MONTHLY
2005 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103 | 626-296-7700 | www.bostonbrick.com
IN THE NAME OF HIGH QUALITY
A Dedication to the Highest Standard
W e’re often asked where we got the name Boston Brick & Stone. Given that our business is situated in the middle of Pasadena, thousands of miles from Boston, it’s a fair question. In 1992, back when Boston Brick & Stone was founded, we wanted to come up with a name that conveyed the character of brick and stone work. Something that conveyed a sense of high quality without using the words “high quality.” We brainstormed and came up with a great idea. We would survey an existing customer base and get their thoughts. Everyone had their own ideas on how to communicate “high-quality brick and stone,” but as we read through the responses, we picked up on a trend. The word “Boston” kept coming up over and over again. It seemed people were onto something. We went with it and finalized our name: Boston Brick & Stone. It’s simple and straightforward, and it says everything it needs to. While I haven’t personally been to Boston (I do promise I’ll get out there one of these days), I know that throughout the past 25 years and into 2017, the name has stood like a brick house. The sentiment of high quality remains strong. People continue to turn to us for some of the toughest brick and stonework jobs in Pasadena, the greater Los Angeles area, and beyond. Everyone, from contractors to homeowners, as well as the National Park Service, have come to rely on our exceptionally high standards and expertise. And when it comes to restoring the brick and stone of historic homes and buildings, exceptionally high standards are a must. When you restore a historic building, you have to follow a stringent set of guidelines. Structures that are deemed “historic” and listed on the National Register of Historic Places are recognized as such for a reason. If we, or anyone else, were to change the look of a structure, its function, or in some cases even its material components, there is the possibility the historic status of the building could be jeopardized.
Restoration is very different from renovation and it requires an incredible level of detail. When it comes to restoring a historic home, for example, it must look exactly as it did originally. Basically, we’re applying today’s technologies and methods to yesterday’s structures. It can be a challenge to follow
today’s building standards and codes when restoring a historic home, but nevertheless, the standards have to be followed. Sometimes, it can take serious thinking outside the box to find a way to maintain an exact look while following current building codes. But we get it done. Again, that’s why so many clients have come to rely on our services. It’s a dedication that earned the attention of the National Park Service. As a result, we’re currently the only company allowed to work on national park buildings. We’ve done restorations in Grand Canyon National Park, and we have pending bids to work on buildings in Death Valley National Park, as well as Zion National Park in southern Utah. We’re out there updating old fireplaces to today’s specs. In national parks, there are fireplaces that have been in near-constant use for decades. We have to make sure these fireplaces are 100 percent certifiably safe, all without changing their appearance in the slightest. As much of a challenge as it is, we love every minute of it. We get to leave our mark on history, and when we’re successful, no one will ever know Boston Brick & Stone was there.
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