A soft, fine-grain, cream-color limestone quarried near Caen in France. Caen stone is easily carved and has been used for building interiors. Most notably it was used to build the old St. Paul's Cathedral in London in the late 11th century which was later replaced in the 17th century using Portland stone.
Synonyms and Related Terms
kane stone; pierre de Caen (Fr.);
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- Frank A. Lent, Trade names and Descriptions of Marbles, Limestones, Sandstones, Granites and Other Building Stones Quarried in the United States Canada and other Countries., Stone Publishing Co, New York, 1925
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Saint Paul's Cathedral." 2 Sept. 2004 .