Restoring grandeur

The Durable Slate Co. reroofs Zion Lutheran Church

Zion Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, was founded Aug. 6, 1854, in Akron, Ohio, with a congregation of 15 families. The congregation grew, and in 1877, the church moved from its original building to a new larger High Gothic Revival-style building that features a prominent steeple reaching 130 feet. The church continues to operate in this building.

When the building's roof started leaking, the church hired Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects Ltd., Akron, to figure out what repairs were needed. After determining the building needed a new slate roof, the architect referred The Durable Slate Co., Columbus, Ohio, to the project.

"We were asked to present a proposal to the church based on the specifications and drawings that were provided," says Gary Howes, The Durable Slate Co.'s executive vice president. "We also were asked to provide ideas and solutions to enhance the project's success."

Replacing the roof

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