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Square or rectangular cut building stones. Ashlar stones usually have a smooth face. The true-cut, right-angle edges allow the stones to be set with very little mortar.

Synonyms and Related Terms

silhar (Port.);

Resources and Citations

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Anne Grimmer, Glossary of Building Stone Terms, A Glossary of Historic Masonry Deterioration Problems and Preservation Treatments, National Park Service, Washington DC, 1984