Tuckpointing in Toronto

In the late 1800’s Toronto it was common to colour wash and tuckpoint homes and buildings as a cosmetic solution to imitate gauged brickwork found in England.  During this time it was fashionable to “paint” on a red (permeable} colour wash to cover the orange brick made in Toronto.  After the wall was red, the masons then applied a red stopping mortar to create an illusion of a solid red wall.  While the mortar was curing, the mason then “tucked” a white or black lime putty ribbon ranging from 4-6mm onto a line that was scribed into the mortar.  This white line, called a tuck, was very measured and accurate giving the impression that the building was built with very tight joints.  Tuckpointing allowed the masons to build with speed and with tuckpointing they would trick the eye into thinking the work was built with precision.