Last week I posted a plea for help to save a 1940s era building that stands between the Huntington Metro and Mount Eagle Park. I am still trying to find out its history.
Buildings are also cherished and saved for their architectural contributions. I was told yesterday at the Farmers Market (thanks Ed and Ellen!) that the roof of this building is slate.
This is great news. This home could be a rare existing example of such material in these parts.
Below is some information from a website.
If anyone knows more, please let me know!
- American slating history dates back to 1734. The peak of slate production was around 1900.
- Most of the original slate quarries in America now no longer exist. Only a few remain.
- Slate roofs declined in the early 1900s and new slate roof installations almost disappeared after 1940. Asphalt roofs took their place.
- Slate roofing has almost become a dying art in America.
- From the 1940s to the present, asphalt shingles replaced slate as the primary form of roofing in America.