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Hydraulic-Press Brick Company collection

 Collection — Folder: S2434
Identifier: S2434

Scope and Contents

This collection includes thirteen 6x8-inch sheets of paper with pictures of buildings around Indiana that were built using Hy-tek face brick manufactured by the Hydraulic-Press Brick Company. The pages look to be promotional material printed by the company's Indianapolis office circa 1930. Buildings featured are Logansport City Hall (Cass Co.); Ball Gymnasium and Science Hall of Indiana State Normal School (Delaware Co.); Goshen High School and Rice Park School (Elkhart Co.),; Connersville High School (Fayette Co.); Kokomo High School (Howard Co.); Huntington High School and Hotel La Fontaine (Huntington Co.); Peru High School (Miami Co.); and the headquarters of the Indianapolis Fire Department, the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the Kahn Tailoring Company (Marion Co.). The architects for each structure are noted below each image.


  • circa 1930

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Hydraulic-Press Brick Company was founded in St. Louis, Missouri and incorporated in 1868. The company used a hydraulic press to transform almost-dry clay into a dense, heavy brick. At its peak, the company operated 22 brick plants in the East and Midwest, including in Indiana. The company had an office in the Board of Trade Building in Indianapolis and advertised that they were the "largest manufacturers of face brick in the world." The company's face brick was trade-marked "Hy-tex" and was used in the construction of a large number of buildings in Indianapolis and around the state during the early decades of the 20th century. In 1972, the Hydraulic Press Brick Company got out of the brick-making business and changed to making lightweight concrete.


Hydraulic Press Brick Company. Advertisement. Indianapolis Star (IN), December 31, 1913.

Hydraulic Press Brick Company. Advertisement. Indianapolis Star (IN), August 4, 1929.

Stamborski, Al. "Chicagoans May Buy 1868 Company Here." St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), February 8, 2000.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged alphabetically by county.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donations, including several items from L.J. Bailey on 1932/04/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/28 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/28 by Laura Eliason.
Hydraulic-Press Brick Company collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.