As the picture at left shows, it was easiest to gather exterior bricks by taking apart the few sections of wall that were still intact. And although it's difficult to tell in the pictures, I could also identify exterior bricks by the color of mortar on them. This appeared to be lime based (white) on the exterior course and clay (?) based (tan) on the interior courses.
Back home and neatly stacked, my brick supply for next summer looks like this:
My seven salvaged stone lintels are stacked just beside the bricks:
I'm thinking that when we tackle rebuilding the stone bridge I will try to incorporate these lintels as steps from the bridge down to a path along the creek.
I also brought back three large corbels pulled from the wreckage, and two matching baby corbels I found on my last trip. These are obviously not the right style to try to incorporate into the Einsel House, but I think they should make some amazing supports for shelves in the shed.
Finally, one last picture from the old house. When I climbed up on the pile of rubble I was shocked to find this section of the old mansard roof still partially intact:
There were three different shapes of slate shingles incorporated into this roof - rectangle at the very top, diamond in the center and hexagon at the bottom. I have such a difficult time understanding how someone could look at this house and not think it was worth saving.