Going postal

RGT Enterprises performs successful roof system restorations on historic Milton Post Office

Birthplace to former President George H.W. Bush and architect Buckminster Fuller, Milton, Mass., is a town with 27,000 residents. Part of the greater Boston area, Milton has the highest percentage of residents per capita citing Irish heritage of any town in the U.S. In 2007, 2009 and 2011, Money magazine listed Milton seventh, fifth and second, respectively, on its annual list of Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Located at 499 Adams St. in East Milton Square is Milton's post office. Before being named East Milton Square, the area was nicknamed "Railway Village." The term was coined around 1826 when a 3 1/2-mile railroad connected granite quarries in the area; it was the first commercial railroad in the U.S. to transport granite. The granite industry, which attracted a large work force, developed the distinct neighborhood in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and it became known as East Milton. Now East Milton Square, the area boasts a large amount of granite in building foundations, walls, drive posts and buildings.

Built in 1936 on the former site of Granite Railway's headquarters, the post office is an East Milton Square landmark that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. When the 80-year-old roof systems were in need of restoration, RGT Enterprises Inc., West Hanover, Mass., was selected to reroof the building using materials similar to those originally used in 1936.

"As a roofing contractor, the patina copper on the building always stood out to me every time I drove by," says Patrick Thurston, president of RGT Enterprises. "I always thought it would be nice to reroof the building, and it was great when we were given the opportunity."