Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Roof Comes Off!

It's the moment we've all been waiting for: workers removed an entire side of the Study roof!

Workers went up more than 30 feet in a lift truck to cut the copper roof into manageable pieces.

Then they pried the pieces from the underlayment...

and put them in the basket of the lift truck to bring down.

Now the east side of the building looks a bit bare. Something that surprised some of the Museum staff was that the structure underneath the copper is wooden, including the battens or ridges. We thought there would be metal under the copper. The photo here shows that the wood is blackened from being in the heat for 112 years!

Click on the title of the blog post to see a video of a piece of the roof coming off.


Willie Norman said...

That museum’s roofing system has proven its durability by lasting for over a hundred years. It’s actually a good idea to re-roof while no further damages have occurred. Anyway, how did the renovation go?

Willie Norman

Scarlet Weingarten said...

I feel like watching a piece of history being reborn. Haha! I bet it was amazing to see as each layer of the roof was revealed, and to realize how roofers from over a century ago did construct the museum’s roof. I would love to know more about this restoration project. =)

Scarlet Weingarten