Stone is used for the purpose of decorating front and gable walls of buildings, for stoops, etc. White Indiana limestone is commonly used in this city. There is also a red limestone that is sometimes seen. Brown stone is now out of use, but very common up to ten years ago. Granite is much harder than limestone, and is more expensive to cut and dress. It is rarely used as ashlar or for front stone work except in large public buildings; but it is largely used for exposed foundation facings, stoop platforms, water-tables, cornerstones, railings, etc. Marble is the choicest stone that can be used for fine work, and is hard and admits of great ornamentation with carving.