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Unfading Red Slate – Chateau la Motte in Woodstock, ON

Posted By On 5 Jun 2019

The Chateau la Motte Guest House, built in 1895 is a classic example of Queen Anne Revival style architecture.  Built to last, the Unfading Red slate roof needed a minor repair in May 2019.  Unfading Red slates, produced in the Vermont and New York slate belt have been quarried in the area since the 1840s.  Red slate, is typically a more medium textured slate and retains it’s bright red color when exposed to the elements. The chemical and mineral composition of this natural slate is produced by hematite and iron oxide.

The mansion was constructed by prominent engineer, Thomas Leopold ‘Carbide’ Wilson who discovered the first commercial process for the production of calcium carbide.   Today, the home serves as a popular bed and breakfast in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.

Unfading Red slate can be used in slate roof patterns

Unfading red slates are often used in slate roof patterns, creating a striking contrast from the main color.

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Sheena Owen

Sheena Owen began working for North Country Slate on October 12, 1999. As the Sales Coordinator, Sheena’s day to day duties include providing customer service, new business development, inside sales, handling all cross-border customs issues/documentation, arranging shipments, health and safety representation and social media marketing.

Sheena graduated from the University of Guelph in 1992 with a BA in English and Drama and in 1995 graduated with a Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Centennial College. Sheena’s first job was the Producer’s Assistant for TV shows including Robocop, F/X The Series and Nikita. She went on to becoming an Assistant Manager at Eddie Bauer. In her spare time, Sheena enjoys traveling, gardening, volunteering at her local soccer club and cheering on her kids at their sporting events.

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