New Free Standing Blocks Easily Create the Look of Traditional Stone Walls

Minneapolis, May 20, 2005: Allan Block® has expanded their line of landscape and retaining wall blocks to include the Courtyard Collection™. This new, free-standing wall system allows landscapers and do-it-yourself homeowners to easily create beautiful and durable stone-like structures. Unlike Allan Block's other wall systems, which are designed for retaining soil, the Courtyard Collection is designed for above ground vertical walls and decorative landscape structures. The patented blocks manufactured with high-strength concrete combine the beauty of traditional stone walls with the strength of today's innovative concrete products.

Simpler and Easier Than Hand-Laid Stone

The Courtyard Collection answers the need for a landscape product that resembles natural stone but doesn't require the expertise or expense of a stonemason. Tim Bott, Allan Block Vice President states, "We designed the Courtyard Collection for both landscape contractors and the do-it-yourself homeowner. The result is a simple system that is versatile and easy to install". Tim Heelan, owner of StonePocket Landscaping adds, "its amazing what you can create with the Courtyard Collection. I've worked with other natural stone and block products and you can't beat the flexibility and aesthetics of the Courtyard Collection."

Design Versatility

The Courtyard Collection is a versatile, flexible system for creating both residential and commercial hardscapes. The system incorporates critical design elements - color, line, form, texture and scale. The Courtyard Collection uses these elements to create landscape features like patio enclosures, seating walls, fountains, planters, light posts and other decorative landscape accents. With the patented five-block system you can build posts and panels. The panels are flexible enough to incorporate curves, corners, step-downs, lighting and much more. The Courtyard Collection easily integrates with the other Allan Block wall systems to create complete hardscape environments.

Simple Construction

Building with the Courtyard Collection is easy. No footings are required and the interlocking blocks fit together without mortar or pins. Individual blocks weigh between 20 to 40 pounds each (9kg to 18kg), so they are easy to handle and stack up quickly.

Product Availability, Information & Resources

The Courtyard Collection is currently available in most major markets throughout North America, with continued worldwide expansion through 2006. Two product finishes are available in most markets.

  • Courtyard - for the classic cut stone look
  • Old Country Courtyard- for an aged, old-world appearance

A wide variety of project ideas and how-to-install guides are available at local Allan Block dealers or at

About Allan Block Corp.

Allan Block is a leading provider of mortarless concrete blocks for wall and fence systems. Using patented designs, the interlocking blocks provide unlimited design flexibility and are available in a wide variety of colors, textures and sizes. All blocks install quickly and easily without using mortar. The maintenance-free blocks create lasting beauty and value. Allan Block is headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and on the web at



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