Whether they be of wood, metal, tile, or slate or even lowly thatch, roofs are the royal crowns of traditional buildings. Yes, they keep out the rain, snow, and sleet, but they also are designed to lead the eye to the sky. Creating a traditional-style roof is an art; here are some of the companies that have mastered it.
Founded in 1986, this award-winning company, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, works exclusively on historic roofing. The company, which specializes in natural slate, clay tile, and historic metals, had worked on school, church, and museum roofs around the country.
Prominent projects include the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden in Columbus; The Red House, Trinidad’s House of Parliament; the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee; the Baltimore City Hall in Maryland; the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland; the Frank Lloyd Wright Westcott House in Springfield, Ohio; the Lorain Harbor Lighthouse in the middle of Lake Erie in Ohio; several buildings at The Ohio State University; Capital University in Bexley, Ohio; Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio; Virginia Tech in Blacksburg; the University of South Carolina; and Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
Durable Slate’s work has received recognition from several organizations. It was the only American company to win the International Federation for the Roofing Trade IFD Award for Project of the Year and has received the National Roofing Contractors Association’s Gold Circle Award for Project of the Year several times.
Nancy A. Ruhling, Traditional Building
Our thanks to Traditional Roofing for the excellent summary.