Porphyry paving stones and cobblestones have been used globally for millennia in streets and roadways because of their durable nature. In theUnited States stone paving represented growth and stability as great cities developed at ocean and river ports through out the country and were used as a stable foundation for commerce. Cobblestone streets, used for centuries in our oldest cities, have with the advent of the automobile been covered over with asphalt or dug up and sold a scrap.

Today you can see resurgence in the use of paving stones through out the country. Urban centers are incorporating stone paving into street designs, parks and commercial centers. Washington Park in Cincinnati,Ohio and the Boiler Maker Shops in Washington,DC are great examples of this.    

Porphyry pavers at Washington Park
Washington Park, Cincinnati, Ohio


Porphyry pavers at the Boiler Maker Shops
Boiler Maker Shops at The Yards Washington DC


Porphyry’s composition determines its high compression strength, resistance to stains, slip resistance, and high freeze/thaw ratings.  The stone is the most popular paver in Europe, and is favored for its flexibility in design, beauty, durability and low maintenance requirements. ADA Compliant Porphyry pavers are also adaptable to a permeable paving set. The stone is by far one of the most durable pavers in the world.  These beautiful materials are available from Milestone Imports.   Milestone supports the creativity of architects, planners and designers. Porphyry offers surfaces of various finishes and mixed colorings, tending towards tones of grey, gold, violet and red, depending on where it is extracted.  The products are available in North America from Milestone Imports.  –  www.milestoneimports.com