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Mahan Slate Roofing restores Dartmouth College’s Baker Tower

Ranked No. 1 in undergraduate teaching for the past four years by U.S. News & World Report, Dartmouth College is a private research university in Hanover, N.H. A member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth College has been educating students to become leaders since 1769.

The university has about 4,200 undergraduate students in liberal arts programs and 1,900 graduate students in more than 25 advanced degree programs in the arts and sciences and professional schools: Geisel School of Medicine, the fourth-oldest medical school in the U.S.; Thayer School of Engineering, one of the first professional engineering schools in the U.S.; and Tuck School of Business, the world’s first graduate school of management.

At the campus forefront is Baker Tower, home to Baker-Berry Library and the humanities and social sciences departments. Completed in 1928, Baker Tower’s architecture and design was inspired by Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. The building stands 200 feet at the top of its weathervane, making it the tallest occupied building on campus.

While painting building components in 2015, structural issues were noticed, and a subsequent review confirmed deeper preservation work was necessary. In 2016, Dartmouth College’s facilities and operations management prepared for the tower’s first restoration. Mahan Slate Roofing Co. Inc., Agawam, Mass., replaced all the copper roofing, flashing and ornamental components and restored the weathervane.