April 2012

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Greenwood Industries restores eight roof systems on Massachusetts State House

by Chrystine Elle Hanus
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Built on land once used for John Hancock's cow pasture, Boston's Massachusetts State House is a symbol of American history with ties to founding fathers and Revolutionary War heroes. The first cornerstone was laid July 4, 1795, in a grand ceremony led by Gov. Samuel Adams accompanied by Paul Revere.

The golden dome, the building's most distinctive feature, once was made of wood and later overlaid with copper by Revere Copper Products Inc., Rome, N.Y., founded by Paul Revere in 1801. It was the first application of cold-rolled copper in North America. During World War II, the dome was painted black to prevent reflection during blackouts and protect the city and building from bombing attacks. In 1997, the dome was regilded in 23-karat gold. A wooden pinecone adorns the top of the golden dome as a symbol of the state's reliance on logging during the 18th century.

Photos courtesy of Greenwood Industries Inc.

29,000 square feet of cold-rolled copper was installed on the...

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Posted by Patrick Gleason on 4/29/2012, User rating 
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Made in the USA, exceptional workmanship something truly to be proud of. I wish that I could have had a part in this project. To work on such an outstanding piece of history would have been an honor. Congratulations, to all those involved...A beautiful piece of work!..