Rustication, Athenaeum, 401 East Michigan Street

Rustication. Rustication is found in ashlar masonry, a finished, stone block laid in horizontal courses with mortar. The term rustication applies when ashlar masonry is arranged so that the face of the stone projects out, typically accomplished with deep joints separating each stone block. The face of the block can range in design, but will at least provide some contrast to ordinary stonework. Rusticated masonry can feature a rock-face or a diamond point on the stone face. Overall, rustication applies to a wide variety of stonework found throughout Indianapolis. Let’s see some examples.