Governors Island in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Slate Roofs on Colonels Row
Above your head is nearly three million square feet of historic roofs. More than sixty percent of these roofs are covered in historic slate. In 2008, the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) undertook the repair of these slate roofs. Slate is an extraordinarily durable roofing material with a life span of more than one hundred years. This means that many of the original roofs are still in good shape.
Most of the problems with the roofs lay with previously replaced slate that was too thin and did not hold up well under the extreme winds and weather on Governors Island. The new tiles are thicker and match the color of the high-quality slate that was previously used on the roofs.
GIPEC was able to keep its roofs safe and effective with a series of repairs and limited replacement and did not have to undertake a wholesale replacement of all that slate. Thanks to these projects, the buildings are staying dry and the beauty of the impressive slate roofs can be enjoyed by Island visitors.
All of the work on the historic buildings is reviewed by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure compliance with the guidelines set for the National Historic District.
Location. 40° 41.394′ Touch for map. Marker is located on Governors Island, in front of Liggett Hall. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Purchase of Governors Island Monument (a few steps from this marker); Liggett Hall (a few steps from this marker); Clayton Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Reagan-Gorbachev Meeting 1988 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Early Birds (about 500 feet away); Flight on Governors Island (about 500 feet away); Wheeler Avenue (about 500 feet away); Colonels’ Row (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Governors Island.
Also see . . . Governors Island National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 308 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.