This entryway consists of about 36 tons of stone from Maine’s mid-coast region. Two 5 foot high pillars flank the driveway; the smaller outer pillars measure 3 feet high. Everything is dry-laid.
Forms were constructed to maintain the pillars’ unique shape during construction. Building for the larger pillars began underground with a course of large granite slabs. Interior shots of the wall show the small “hearting” stone packed tightly inside.
A tripod and chain-hoist were used to lift and place the large monolithic capstones. All the wall caps span the entire width of the wall and were chiseled to fit tightly side-to-side–this not only ties the two sides of the wall together but acts as a flat immovable finish. The largest of the pillar caps weighs about 900 pounds. The opening between the two small pillars acts as a right-of-way for the Town of Scarborough public trail system. More landscaping around the walls is planned for the Spring of 2013.