Not only brownstone, but probably Bayfield Group sandstone. Quartz cements and comprises 75% of the stone. That's one of Superior's two Carnegie libraries above, it's for sale and at a great price I might add. The other one in town was already purchased by a private owner and has such a thick garden around it that I couldn't get much of a look at the building.
|Superior Elks Lodge|
The sandstone was a popular building material until the depression of 1893. After the World Fair in Chicago lighter colored stone was more fashionable.
Many of Superior's fine old buildings, including Fairlawn, Martin Pattison's mansion, were made with material from the Amnicon quarry. In about 20 years, more than a million cubic feet of brownstone was shipped to many cities including Chicago, Sioux City, Omaha, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Duluth.
I also stopped in to visit the State Fire Fighters museum. With the exception of this cool sculpture the one in Racine is definitely a much better one to visit. No guide, no organization, not much to see either. What a shame.
I don't know if this is Bayfield Sandstone, but I thought it made a nice foreground for a shot of the lighthouse. If you want to know more about the lighthouse, I found a great link here.
While the sandstone in northern Wisconsin is nice, nothing beats that sandstone in Utah! I probably won't be seeing that for another couple of years again though. (insert heavy sigh here)