Set in Stone:
Limestone Building Traditions
European settlers were pleased to find that
the Faribault area had rich supplies of limestone suitable for construction,
located less than a mile from the new town. Faribaults first
three quarries opened in the mid 1850s, supplying stone which was
shaped by immigrant stone masons from Quebec, Ireland, and Germany.
The masons used the versatile limestone to build their own venacular
homes and to create the formal architecture of area churches and
stylish Gothic Revival cottages. Both the builders and the occupants
of limestone buildings played significant roles in the towns
past development and present appearance.