Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia was built between 1887 to 1890 for wealthy Vancouver Island coal tycoon / Scottish immigrant Robert Dunsmuir. It was built on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria and stands out for its beautiful steeply pitched unfading red slate roof with terracotta ridge and hip caps. This impressive 25,000 square foot home boasted 39 rooms.
For years European countries have used slate as a natural siding because of its appearance and longevity. North American architects that specify natural, eco-friendly products should consider slate siding when designing a home that’s built to last.
Built in 1870 for Calvin Wheeler a banker and former President of the Chicago Board of Trade, the house changed hands several times. After sitting vacant for years and threatened with demolition, the current owner purchased the property for $10,000 in 1997.
In 1836, Texas won its independence from Mexico. Courthouses were built immediately and communities grew around them. The courthouses were a symbol of democracy, pride and strength. By 1881 a boom in courthouse construction saw 150 built by 1920. Texas has more historic courthouses than any other State.
[caption id="attachment_2556" align="alignleft" width="225"] North Country Unfading Black slate, 3/16"[/caption] The most common thickness is ¼” and weighs approximately 935 pounds per square when installed with a 3” headlap.
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