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What Are Buildings Made Of?

Looking at Marble in St. Louis

In general, marble is not used for the exterior of buildings unless they are very important. You're much more likely to find it inside, for floors, statuary - and, most of all, in the bathroom!

St Louis Public Library exterior marble featureThe St. Louis Public Library (which has a mostly granite exterior) has some of the showiest marble in town! The colorful stone is surrounded by granite in this panel.

marble tile flooringIt's also a common flooring material.

Front entry to Basilica Cathedral of St. LouisThis photo is from the New Cathedral. How many different kinds of marble can you count? (Note: they all have veins!)

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More About Stone

  Where Does It Come From?
  Limestone in St Louis Buildings
  Where Does It Come From?
  Granite in St Louis Buildings
  Where Does It Come From?
  Looking at Marble in St Louis

Related Links

St Louis Public Library
Basilica Cathedral of St Louis



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