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The Ancient History of Pavers

The Ancient History of Pavers

If you own a home in Southwest Florida, there is a high chance that it was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style of residential architecture, which some people call the Sarasota style. This architectural style has a long tradition in Florida, and it often features details built with pavers. Ever wondered about the history of pavers?

From driveways to sitting walls and from sidewalks to steps, pavers are prominent in the Mediterranean Revival style. If you travel to Italian seaside communities such as Civitavecchia or San Remo today, you will notice certain similarities in residential design such as tiled roofs, arched windows, foyers, and others. Even the exterior color schemes are similar, and this is because Florida architects and builders have emulated Mediterranean design since the early 20th century.

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Roman Era

The history of pavers in Mediterranean architecture dates back to Roman times when Imperial armies would literally get stuck in the mud while marching towards an objective. Ancient civil engineers created a masonry system of capstones to make road surfaces more efficient for Roman soldiers to march on.

For centuries, capstone and cobblestone roads made transport and travel possible across Europe. After World War II, engineers were impressed with the ability of these roads to withstand artillery fire as well as tanks rolling over them. German engineers in charge of urban reconstruction developed a system to manufacture concrete paver bricks or blocks efficiently. This invention not only made history in terms of construction but also helped to preserve the European character of urban and residential architecture.

Into Contemporary Design

If you would like to see extensive use of pavers in subdivisions and town squares, you should take a nice vacation in a Mediterranean seaside village; this is where architects such as Addison Cairns Mizner got their inspiration from. The Mediterranean aesthetic includes preserving and complementing nature, which is why you see paver driveways and sitting walls surrounded by lush landscaping in many Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples subdivisions and gated communities.

While the Romans may have invented the concept that we recognize as interlocking pavers by means of cutting natural stone, they were likely inspired by architectural and engineering ideas from ancient Greece. Nonetheless, a 1994 archaeological discovery determined that the Egyptians used sandstone slabs to pave roads that they used to build their magnificent pyramids more than 5,000 years ago.

These days, Unique Pavers Design carries on this traditional and decorative construction technique across Southwest Florida. The modern colors and designs of paver blocks have been inspired by designs envisioned centuries ago. The next time you choose to install a pool deck made of fancy pavers, contact us and your choice will likely be robust enough to allow ancient armies to march across.

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