Roof work began on the back room
The Marshall County Historical Society contracted with Maness Contracting, Inc. in August 2004 to begin box gutter repairs to the Cockayne Roof. Several days were spent in shoring up and adding support in the attic to ensure the roof would carry the weight of new slate. As 84 Lumber donated the building material for the roof work and the Society purchased North Country Black slate from the New England Slate Company in Vermont, Maness Contracting proceeded on a time and material basis.
Frank Bellanco and John Saytor working on the front south corner.
Here the sagging roof had to be raised before gutter repairs could begin.
Frank Bellanco and John Saytor of Maness Contracting began work on the south box gutter, which had to be completely rebuilt. These carpenters were great, not only taking on the formidable task of rebuilding these gutters, but donating their own time to perform some of the less skilled labor, such as stripping and painting salvageable trim and wood brackets.
Phil Chaddock cuts new wood brackets to replace those that have
deteriorated to such a degree that they cannot be replaced.
It was the combination of the effort of many people that helped the project to proceed. Many wood brackets were too damaged for repair and unable to be salvaged. Phil Chaddock donated his time to make new ones.
Slate has been removed, roof is being repaired and titanium underlayment placed over
the roof to winterize it in preparation for slate placement. Notice the rebuilt south gutter.
In October, 2004, Kalkreuth Roofing removed the old slate from the Cockayne Roof. Likely well over 100 years old, the slate had deteriorated to such a degree that it crumbled under workers’ feet, a condition that had made earlier efforts to weatherproof the house impossible. Kalkreuth then covered the roof with titanium underlayment, weatherizing the roof for the winter while additional funds were procured to purchase the labor to move forward.
The Front Roof
The Finished Product
The Society owes a debt of gratitude to many individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions to this project. However, an immense debt is owed to 84 Lumber, which not only awarded a $25,000 material donation to this project, but also agreed to store our slate until we were prepared to proceed.