St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea Chapel, slate roof survives the test of time!


The original 143 year old slate, on the historic chapel’s roof, was still doing its job; it was the underlayment, metal flashing, and nails that failed and needed to be replaced. What a testament to slate — the world’s finest and most long-lasting roofing material available today.

Saint Andrew’s-by-the-Sea was designed by architects Walter Winslow and George H. Wetherall of Boston. Sunday services have been held in the chapel every summer since it opened in 1876.

The roof replacement is part of a three-step renovation process of the building that was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Much time was spent understanding the best way to move forward with the historic renovations. Although synthetic slate was considered, natural slate was determined to be the best option because it is the original material of the chapel, is considered more attractive, and is more appropriate for a historic chapel. 

It was decided to replace the slate “to match existing” — meaning the same color and size of the original slate used in 1876. Vermont still quarries the original color of Semi-Weathering Grey Green, so New England Slate set out to supply a historical match. We are proud to be part of this project.

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