Oldcastle® Architectural, the largest producer of concrete masonry products in North America, has renamed its PRAIRIE® STONE high-density, pre-finished architectural concrete masonry unit Cordova Stone™ “to better represent its timeless aesthetic appeal and artisan, hand-cut appearance,” the company says.

The company plans to unveil additional artisan product offerings in the coming months under the Artisan Masonry Stone Veneers™ brand.

“The rename to Cordova Stone signifies a change in demand from designers and homeowners for a handcrafted look and feel,” said Len Browning, Oldcastle technical advisor. “The new name is reminiscent of walking the streets of a classic European city where hand-chiseled stone outfits every building. Cordova Stone delivers this old-world look with the confidence that comes from quality manufacturing.”

According to Oldcastle, other than routine cleaning with a standard commercial-grade cleaning agent, Cordova Stone masonry units require virtually no maintenance and will last the lifetime of your building. Manufactured with a high-performance, water-repellent admixture, the masonry units repel moisture, resist mold and offer efflorescence stain resistance. Additionally, whether in a veneer or through-wall application, Cordova Stone is versatile and provides a high degree of design flexibility with a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Structural integrity and durability make Cordova Stone a well-suited choice for both commercial and residential projects.