… there is also "stone by stone", though in a more literal and less metaphorical sense.
Not everything in the National Catholic Reporter is worthy of vituperation.
I just found an article on attempt to reconstruct a 12th-century chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux, in Vina, California using centuries-old stones from a Cistercian monastery in Spain.
It is very interesting! At last…