A family-owned business with deep roots in limestone, Bybee Stone Company was founded in 1979 by Wilbur C. Bybee (1926-2001).
Wilbur had been fascinated as a child by his grandfather Henry Woolery’s limestone mill in Bloomington, Indiana, and went to work at Woolery Stone Company when World War II ended. Noticing his own sons’ interest, he bought the former Matthews Brothers Mill in Ellettsville, Indiana, in 1979.
The Matthews Mill, which had been producing cut stone since 1864, came equipped with machinery—including the 80 year-old gang saws which would prove useful in Bybee Stone Company’s ability to replicate older finishes, such as the finish needed for the Pentagon restoration in 2001.
Wilbur Bybee’s three decades’ worth of experience at his grandfather’s company, coupled with his ability to attract talented foremen and skilled craftsmen proved successful and, over three decades later, his company continues to supply the finest building material in the world—dimensional limestone—to high profile projects throughout the world.
James Daniel Bybee, the company’s second CEO, was as focused as his father on the bedrock values—a good reputation built on craftsmanship. “Remember,” he commented in 1989, “that everyone at BSC—and everything they do—is important. It’s just as crucial that an anchor hole is cut correctly as it is that a tracery window or a ramp and twist balustrade is cut with precision.”
The Building Stone Institute honored Dan Bybee, a long standing BSI member, with a prize given in his name each year. The Bybee Prize is given to an individual architect whose body of work is noted for its design and its use of natural stone. Recipients include Malcolm Holzman, FAIA; M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA; Ceasar Pelli, FAIA; Lawrence Halprin, FASLA; and Henry N. Cobb, FAIA.
The company’s third president, Will Bybee, took office after his brother Dan’s untimely death on December 19, 2000, and today maintains the same solid standards. “Our quality craftsmen create the hallmark for this prime building material,” he said, “and they’re proud of everything they’ve done—their work on the Pentagon, in 2001, springs to mind. Every employee felt personally involved in restoring it.”
Bybee Stone Company’s mission continues to include staying abreast of technology while maintaining its ability to handle time-tested and antique finishes. Sustainability and a sensitivity to its functional footprint is also at the forefront of the company’s focus.
6293 N Matthews Dr
Ellettsville, IN 47429
Bybee Stone Co., Inc.
Notable Contributions to Architecture
Bybee Stone Company has cut, carved, and otherwise fabricated the Indiana limestone used in the construction of a number of noteworthy projects: