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What Are Buildings Made Of?


Although there are hundreds of different types of stone, only a handful are commonly used in St. Louis buildings. The first stone buildings in St. Louis were made of local limestone quarried from the bluffs of the Mississippi. Later, limestone was brought in from the Grafton quarries just north on the other side of the Mississippi. Soon, Indiana limestone, Vermont and Georgia marble, Michigan sandstone, and Maine granite were imported and mixed with other stones found nearby, such as granite and sandstone from the St. Francois Mountains.
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Limestone Granite Marble

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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



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