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August 26, 2010

Decorative Concrete Screen Block – Part 2

By Sara In AZ


OK, are y’all ready for Part 2 in the block series? Here goes!

Here are 2 different variations on a ‘Diamond’ type block pattern.

Here is a fancy “H” type design. These are actually at my In-Laws house!

When I first saw this one I thought “Diamond” pattern, then I thought no, “Circles”.  No “Diamond”. No “Circles”. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

It’s whatever you want it to be!

Don’t y’all just love this fancy “Circle/Diamond” type pattern!

These “Flower” type blocks are actually on a Church right by my house.

These geometric type blocks are the cats meow! *Meow Meow*

Here are some lovely “Starburst’ blocks! Soooo awesome!

I have to say that these next decorative blocks are my favorite pattern yet!  So kitschy, yet so MCM. I have never seen them on another house around here besides this one, so I wonder if they were custom? Me really loves!

And, lastly, I had to show you this city building in Mesa that is COVERED in decorative block! And when I say covered, I really do mean covered. The block is all over the front and back of the building! So totally cool! You can kind of see some windows behind the block.

Here is a close up of the block.

I know there are a zillion more block patterns out there. When Mike and I go on another block recon mission I will be sure to snap more pics!

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11 Responses to Decorative Concrete Screen Block – Part 2

  1. Annie B. Reply

    August 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

    OMG! Thrilling! Thank you for these photos, Sara. I never knew all these patterns existed. Thank goodness Arizonans have the foresight not to destroy all this iconic architecture. You should do a book on the concrete block screens of Phoenix. It would look marvelous atop a Noguchi coffee table!

    Screen blocks are not carried in stock by any concrete company in this area; believe me, I’ve called a number of them. I can’t imagine that it would be so difficult to reproduce these patterns today.

    • Stephanie Jones Reply

      July 12, 2016 at 6:11 am

      I know, it is heart breaking particularly since superlite very likely produced millions of them back in the day. I cannot understand why they refuse to reproduce them again. I know they made them here, I just had my hands on an old mold last week. There were more of them made here than anywhere else and we cannot get them now and other people can. In Australia you can get what ever you want. I think that we should start a campaign going to the special order desk AND THE PRO DESK at Home Depot and Lowes and demanding the old designs. Just keep going in over and over relentlessly and sooner or later they should be able to pressure them into making them. There has got to be enough people in these modern organizations that if we waged a campaign to do this relentlessly, it might work. Frankly I do not see anything that Superlite makes, that is remotely acceptable. If that does not work, we could try Walmart, they will bully any vendor.

  2. Barbara Reply

    August 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

    My question is – can any of these blocks still be purchased?

  3. Andrea Reply

    August 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, those starburst blocks are to die for! I’ve seen most of the other ones on buildings around here, but I’ve never seen the starburst before. Too cool!

    • Dee Reply

      March 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Well I have about 100 of them sitting in my backyard I took down last year in front of my ranch style home. Not sure what to do with them yet. I just think they are too nice to waste.

      • Sara In AZ Reply

        March 2, 2014 at 1:32 am

        Whoa…..you have 100 starburst blocks Dee?! Amazing!!! Bummer that you could not keep them in place at your home, but thank you SO much for saving them!!! What state are you in? I know a lady here in AZ looking for some cool vintage screen block!

  4. Sara in AZ Reply

    August 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Annie B – Don’t give up hope, you may come across a manufacturer in your area yet! I once read where someone put in a special order for screen block too – I think there was a minimum purchase requirement though. Glad you liked seeing all the different blocks!

    Barbara – Some of these blocks definitely are still available, but I think it really varies from area to area. It seems like they are most readily available in the west Ca/Az/Nevada and Flordia, but the available patterns in these areas really vary widely. You may get lucky where you live since you are in the west!

    Andrea – I know, that Starburst block is one of my most favorite patterns!

  5. Kelly Reply

    August 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    You really are lucky to have so many kinds around you! We have some on our patio that are squares within squares but they’re pretty scarce around these parts. What an interesting selection you’ve brought for us to see! I love the geometric ones and the starbursts.

    And thanks, Miss Sara! 🙂

  6. sablemable Reply

    August 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    God, I love this concrete architecture! I could use one to block off the neighbors, LOL!

  7. Jacquie Reply

    April 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Sara,
    My husband and I were able to rescue a couple of truckloads of decorative blocks from Phoenix. We paid very little and loaded them ourselves, but it was well worth it. How do I post pics if you would like to see them?
    We want to build a nice screen wall in the front of the house and one in the backyard…many projects going on in this little old house. For now they are stored safely away!
    ( I have a lot of other vintage and mc items in my house and would love to share)
    Thanks for those cool pics!

  8. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Jacquie – That is SO awesome you rescued a bunch of screen blocks! I love that!

    Please e-mail me with your pics at sara@nopatternrequired.com

    I would love to show off all your MCM goodies!

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