Dec. 31, 1946. E. T. PUTNAM . 2,413,377 ‘ BUILDING BLOCK Original Filed May 25, 1940 llO Iii “Q 3nbentor £€LE 7," P0 T/VAM, En % 7 2,413,377 Patented Dec. 31, 1946 UNITED STATES? PATENT a OFFICE? 2,413,377 BUILDING BLOCK. 1 Erie T. ’ Putnam, 'Detroit, Michgw'assignor-to ' Libbey-Owens-Ford Ohio, a corporationiof ‘- Glass Ohio Company, e -Toledo,- >. ApplicationSeptember-4, 1941,>_Serial N0.v"409,544, . a which isv a division-of application‘, SerialfNoLi , dated 337,'2>7.6,'May May 18,1943; 25,1940,.Divided now Patent and No."'2,319,345,' thisiapplica-"i" tion November-24; 1944, Serial No. 564,932* ‘ 6 Claimsw (Cl. 72-—*86-) 2 l The present invention relates to an improved type of building unit adapted for use in the'cone Referring now 'rnorerzparticularlyl to‘ the draw: ing, there is illustrated a_buildir'1g_:block.92 of their. struction 'of interior and exterior walls. ' ‘ character .herein :.provided :having-a. associate a‘; therewith. a. metal coping member : designatedjn: This application is a division of mycopending application Serial‘ No. 409,544, ?led September-.4; its entiretyby :the. numeral ;93. :Thexblock. come. 1941, which in turn is a divisionof my. earlier ?led: prises ia'. cementitious bodyv portiom?d having : an application Serial No. 337,276, ?led Mayh25, 1940.. i \ ornament'alifacing. '95 ‘secured .a thereto by ‘a layer l , (now Patent No. 2,319,345, dated May, '18,. 1943);; of mastic prises. :.an .96. inverted .tThe‘metaltcoping:membemliii . substantially. vlJ -shaped1 come stri-pz; . ' - The building, unit herein providedcomprisesga; .. composite block including .a body portion formed: H) comprising :a .. horizontal base. portion . 91 disposed 1;. . secured to the body portion by an interposed layer The base portion 91 is preferably provided with‘r? from a cementitious'materiahsuch as concrete,w~.. oppositetheedgea of the ornamental facingz95 and; the depending legsfw~ andil 9. disposedattheifront" . Haydite, or the like, and an ornamental facing and xreart respectively .‘of said: ornamental .facin therefon; The. ornamental facing is preferably a channel Illll Within which is arranged the strip of cushioning material IIJI engaging the upper edge of the ornamental facing. The front de of adhesive material, such as an asphaltic mas tic cement, and also by mechanical fastening means in the form of metal holders engaging both the ornamental facing and the body por tion. In constructing a Wall with building blocks of this invention, the ‘blocks are adapted to be pending leg 98 is preferably spaced slightly from 210 the ornamental facing so that water will drip from the lower edge thereof and will not run down said facing. laid up in courses in substantially the same man ner as cut stone, granite, or terra-cotta, being preferably anchored to a rear or foundation wall. Formed integral with the base portion 97 is a rearwardly and upwardly extending ?ange I82, while formed integral With the leg 99 is a rear ' Wardly extending Web portion I03 terminating in Generally, it is the aim of the invention to provide a composite building block of the above character embodying novel features of construc an upwardly inclined ?ange I04 substantially par allel with ?ange I02 and forming therebetween a channel I05. Formed at the junction of the web portion I03 and ?ange H14 is a, leg IE6 embedded in the cementitious body portion 94 of the block. The numeral I81 represents a sheet of suitable tion and arrangement which will not only greatly enhance the ornamental appearance of the block but which will also improve its structural char acteristics. Another object of the invention is the provision of a building block of the above character having ?ashing material, preferably of metal, and having an ornamental facing including one or more its outer end portion folded upon itself as at I88 and inserted within the channel I5. The free end I09 of said ?ashing is bent over the top of the ?ange I02 to provide a neat, water-tight con struction, If desired, a layer of mortar lIil may sheets or plates of opaque structural glass of the same or different colors and with which may be associated metal moldings or facing strips which not only give to the block a more attractive, ?n ished appearance but also adapt it to varied uses. A further object of the invention is the pro be disposed between the ‘?ashing I81 and body portion 94 of the block. It is to be understood that the form of the invention herewith shown and described is to be taken as the preferred embodiment of the same, member of improved construction and to which . and that various changes in the shape, size and a suitable ?ashing material may be readily and arrangement of parts may be resorted to Without securely attached. Other objects and advantages of the invention 45 departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the subjoined claims. will become more apparent during the course of I claim: the following description, when taken in connec 1. In a building block of the character de tion with the accompanying drawing. scribed, a body portion formed of cementitious In the drawing, wherein like numerals are em vision of a building block of the above charac- ' ter having associated therewith a metal, coping ployed to designate like parts throughout the same: The single ?gure is a perspective sectional view of a building block constructed according to the invention and having associated therewith a metal coping member. 50 material, an ornamental facing covering a sur face thereof, a metal edge molding having a channel for receiving one edge of the facing therein and a portion embedded 'in said body portion, said metal molding being further pro~ vided with a longitudinally extending recess, and 2,413,377 3 4 a sheet of ?ashing material covering the upper surface of the cementitious body portion and 4. In a building block of the character de scribed, a body portion formed of cementitious having a portion thereof received within the re cess in said metal molding. material, an ornamental facing covering a sur 2. In a building block of the character de scribed, a body portion formed of cementitious material, an ornamental facing covering a sur face thereof, a metal edge molding having a face thereof, a metal edge molding comprising an inverted substantially U-shaped strip includ ing a horizontal base portion disposed Opposite the edge of the facing and depending legs re ceived at the front and rear of said facing, said channel for receiving one edge of the facing ‘front leg being spaced from the front surface of‘ therein and a portion embedded in said body por 10 the said facing, an anchoring portion carried by tion, said metal molding being further provided said strip and embedded in said body portion, with a longitudinally extending recess, a sheet of ?ashing material covering the upper surface of the cementitious body portion and having a portion thereof received within the recess in said metal molding, and cushioning means arranged between the said metal molding and the edge of the said facing. 3. In a building block of the character de scribed, a body portion formed of cementitious material, an ornamental facing covering a sur face thereof, a metal edge molding having a channel for receiving one edge of the facing therein and a portion embedded in said body por tion, said metalmolding being further provided with a longitudinally extending recess, a sheet and a sheet of ?ashing material engaging said metal molding and extending over said cementi tious body portion. 5. In a building block for mounting in a wall, a body portion, a facing on said body portion, an edge molding covering the upper edge of said facing, a sheet of ?ashing material covering the upper surface of the body portion, and means on said edge molding and on said ?ashing ma terial for engagement with one another to form a tightconnection therebetween. 6. In a building block for mounting in a wall, a body portion, a facing on said body portion, a coping edge covering the upper edge of said facing and having a portion extending down of ?ashing material covering the upper surface wardly over the front face thereof, said down of the cementitious body portion and having a wardly extending portion being spaced from the portion thereof received within the recess in said front face of the facing, and a sheet of ?ashing metal molding, said metal molding also having 30 material covering the upper surface of the body a longitudinally extending groove therein, and a portion and connected to said coping edge. strip of cushioning material arranged within said groove and engaging the adjacent edge of said ERLE T. PUTNAM. facing.