Student of history and future-forward thinker, Thomas Jefferson, saw the value of Buckingham Slate and insisted that it be used to construct the University of Virginia and various high-profile homes and buildings throughout Virginia. A wise investment to be sure; that same slate can be seen on those buildings to this day. Expanding to the Mid-Atlantic region, you can find Buckingham Slate on Harvard University, Ford’s Theatre, The Smithsonian Castle, Gonzaga University in Washington state, and more.
A more recent case study: All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland
, first used Buckingham Slate to roof its original building. But two expansions, first in the 1920s and again in the 1940s, would use a less durable black slate. At the time, it matched the original and was a convincing alternative. The immense pressure of time and natural wear drained this black slate to a drab brown, leaving it a fragile and jagged mess. Worse still, the expansions no longer matched the original building, crowned with the superior and long-lasting Buckingham Slate. The mismatch was obvious and something had to be done.
The Durable Slate Company was able to restore the mismatched roof with true Buckingham Slate. Now, each of All Saints' buildings are built with the same lasting slate.