February 3, 2005

Savannah Gray Brick

Savannah Gray Brick is awesome stuff. In "brick and a half" size, it is unparalleled in beauty. It's virtually impossible to find now, as it hasn't been made in decades, if not a century, and the process is lost. You need to find an old building to knock down to harvest them, and let the Savannah Hysterical Society catch you doing that.

Here is a good description of the Brick, and a nice picture of its attributes. My house growing up was Gray Brick, but it had been whitewashed. Still is. What a shame. Someone should sandblast that house.

I have a friend who, as a tugboat captain, found a cache, a treasure trove, of Savannah Gray Brick at the bottom of the Savannah River. It had been ballast on a vessel that sank, and he'd picked up the anomalies on his depth finder. He dove the site, saw what it was, and staked his claim. This was in 1983. There it sits, to this day. His, legally, but there is no way in hell he will ever be allowed to close the shipping channel to salvage it. The Bricks were going for about $10 to $20 apiece, I think, back then. I'm sure there are people with more money than sense who would pay upwards of $100 a brick now. He estimated there were twenty to thirty thousand of them at the bottom of the river.

Nowadays the only real use for Gray Brick is as an expensive paperweight for a Christmas present, unless you can happen upon an old house outside of the Historical District, and you don't mind rendering it into a vacant lot to collect the bricks.

Rob or Catfish may know some source, and correct me here, but I haven't seen it on the open market in sufficient quantities to build more than a fireplace in years. Course, I haint lived there in 11 years.

My favorite example of the brick? Oakleigh, on Wilmington Island. That is a Gray Brick house.

And my inadvertent use of haint for ain't reminds me to explore the use of Haint Blue paint in Savannah and South Carolina, and the voodoo culture contained therein. For another day, Intrepids.

Posted by Velociman at February 3, 2005 9:22 PM
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I'm sold. I'm going diving for my next fireplace. ;)

Posted by: Key at February 3, 2005 9:43 PM

That's a good looking brick. I love old building materials like that. That's cool.

Posted by: Dash at February 3, 2005 10:38 PM

The only way I know to get genuine Savannah Grey Brick now is to steal it. You know, sneak up, tear somebody's house down and haul off all the brick. You've done it before.

Otherwise, you can't find it anymore.

Posted by: Acidman at February 3, 2005 11:32 PM

They are like gold now, can't find anymore of them, and when you do, the average person can't afford them. Sorry, but I will keep an eye open.

Posted by: Catfish at February 4, 2005 12:20 AM

What's wrong with your friend? Hand salvaging those bricks is possible. If he dove it he can hand salvage it.

Posted by: Jim at February 4, 2005 7:17 AM

Let ME know where it is and I'll sneak it out at night, just a few bricks at a time. That haul is worth the work.

Posted by: Acidman at February 4, 2005 10:21 AM

Do you have any pics of the grays besides the Hampton Hotel.

Posted by: JG at April 17, 2005 1:48 PM

I have this type of brick on my house and am looking to duplicate it, for an addition. It has flecks of iron in it.
Any idea where I could look to find it?

Posted by: George McNamara at April 15, 2006 10:26 AM

I have been searching for a pic to put on my website and I finally found one, as well as a manufacturer - click here:
http://www.handmadebrick.com/colorselect.html

Posted by: Wendy at May 1, 2006 3:48 PM

I have about 8000 savannah brick for sale. These brick came from the streets of savannah. If there is any interest please contact us.

Posted by: robert norris at June 7, 2006 8:25 PM

We manufacture handmade brick very similar to the original "Savannah Greys" at our plant in Gold HIll,NC. The color range is called "Low Country" and has the same shades of greys as the originals. We can also manufacture a true replica including the larger size, approx. 3" x 4" x 9", and with the iron spots, ("flecks"). Please contact me if you need some reproduction handmade brick.

Posted by: David at September 13, 2006 12:55 PM

I happen to have enough savannah gray bricks to build a fireplace does any one know how much I can sell them for and where I should go to do this?

Posted by: cm at November 2, 2006 12:11 AM

We manufacture Savannah Gray brick - authentic handmade and coal fired, and at a fraction of the cost you mention.

We are the nation's largest manufacturer of genuine handmade brick and can provide identical brick to what is on the shipwreck.

OLD CAROLINA BRICK (www.handmadebrick.com)

Scott Frame

Posted by: Scott Frame at December 6, 2006 10:02 AM

Beautiful Savannah Gray Bricks sold by the pallet full. Four pallets full to be exact with a few singles left over. I would love to sell to a good home.

Posted by: Rebekah Cheh at March 28, 2007 11:53 AM

I have about 2,500 or more Savannah Gray Bricks. They were purchased as part of a large lot for a project and these are left over cleaned bricks. I will sell them...price negotiable...for a small profit over what I paid...Buyer will pick them up in Macon. bpnash@cox.net or 478-731-6209. Ask for Bobbi or Billy.

Posted by: Bobbi Nash at August 10, 2007 8:01 PM

For those looking for Savannah Gray handmade brick, try Old Carolina Handmade Brick Company, Salisbury, N.C.

Posted by: Ben at February 16, 2008 10:02 PM

I have several 1000 Original Savannah Grey Brick. I will sell them if anyone is interested.

Posted by: Angela at September 8, 2008 10:00 PM

I have a LOT of original savannah grey bricks salvaged from an old house. Price negotiable. Please call echo at 417.483.8172.

Posted by: morgan at October 21, 2008 7:20 PM

Looking for Savannah Gray Bricks to purchase.

Posted by: Jonathan at December 29, 2008 3:11 PM

Looking for Savannah Gray Bricks to purchase. 912-313-9001

Posted by: Jonathan at December 29, 2008 3:23 PM

please don't steal savannah gray brick.

Posted by: katie mcalpin at February 11, 2009 8:55 PM

please don't steal savannah gray brick.

Posted by: katie mcalpin at February 11, 2009 8:55 PM

My house was built in 1973. I have American Beauty gray brick on the house. My front porch has the same brick. I now must replace the brick on the porch, and I can't find any gray brick. It sounds like the brick that you have. Do you think you can help me or direct me to where I might find the brick and half gray brick?

Posted by: Josephine Locklear at March 5, 2009 9:43 AM

I'm looking for clean Savannah Grey bricks. I need bricks that were used in privies, wells, or walkways that were bedded in clay, lime mortar, or laid dry (without mortar). These bricks should be free of portland cement mortar. Must have at least one clean face and one clean end. These will be laid in an English bond, which simply means I have one course as a stretcher (brick laid length wise), and the next course as a header (brick laid with end exposed). I need these for an upcoming restoration project here in Savannah, and they will be used as face brick.

I also need some for fill or back up bricks as well. These do not need to be very clean or perfect. But they can not have portland cement mortar all over them. The wall is about four feet in depth and I should need about 2,000 to 2,500 Savannah Greys.

You may contact me at (912)313-4293 or e-mail me at savannahgrey@aol.com

Posted by: Steven Elkins at May 9, 2009 4:16 PM

I have about 56,000 Savannah Greys stacked on pallets ready to go if anyone is interested. call me @ 912-674-0921 Brandon

Posted by: Brandon at November 3, 2009 5:59 AM

hmmmm.. will call u

Posted by: ew at November 5, 2009 7:29 PM

hmmmm.. will call u

Posted by: ew at November 5, 2009 7:30 PM

will call u...

Posted by: ew at November 5, 2009 7:30 PM

...one and a half years later- I have 500 3 & 4 point faced bricks for sale in Bloomingdale. Buyer picks up. 1st $2500 takes it.

Good luck,

Thom
marithom4@comcast.net

Posted by: Thom at August 1, 2011 7:35 PM

...one and a half years later- I have 500 3 & 4 point faced bricks for sale in Bloomingdale. Buyer picks up. 1st $2500 takes it.

Good luck,

Thom
marithom4@comcast.net

Posted by: Thom at August 1, 2011 7:35 PM

...one and a half years later- I have 500 3 & 4 point faced Savannah gray brick for sale in Bloomingdale. Buyer picks up. 1st $2500 takes it.

Good luck,

Thom
marithom4@comcast.net

Posted by: Thom at August 1, 2011 7:37 PM

400 yr old Grey brick for sale..2.00 per brick. You load. Approx 1,000+ brick

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Posted by: wow gold at January 24, 2013 4:41 AM

I have 3300 sav greys left .. Very beautiful never been used .. you can still see some fingerprints in some of them >> if your interested contact me @ cedertree3@gmail.com These bricks are some of the rarest >>>

Posted by: Tree at February 2, 2013 3:57 PM

I have 3300 sav greys left .. Very beautiful never been used .. you can still see some fingerprints in some of them >> if your interested contact me @ cedertree3@gmail.com These bricks are some of the rarest >>>

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