Historically-Accurate Synthetic Slate Roof Tops The Abbey

New life is coming to Loring Park, Minnesota. The Abbey, a six-story, 121-unit apartment building is being built in downtown Minneapolis. It is connected to the renovated Alden Smith Mansion. As part of the restoration of the historic mansion, DaVinci synthetic slate tiles are installed overhead.

“The original roof tile on the mansion was slate,” says Ben Ptacek, AIA, LEED AP and project architect with DJR Architects. “The Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission agreed that the DaVinci synthetic slate was a suitable replacement.

“Personally, I like that the design, color and texture of the DaVinci Single-Width Slate product is appropriate for the historic restoration of the building exterior. This is a long-lasting roof that fits with the historic integrity of the building.”

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W+Noordijk, Inc. and Yellow Tree Development are renovating the mansion. They’re also developing the project. Yellow Tree Construction Services is the General Contractor to manage the construction of the new apartment building. In addition, they will manage the renovation of the 134-year-old Alden Smith Mansion. 

“We expect the entire project to be completed by the Spring of 2022,” says Paul Martin, senior project manager with Yellow Tree Construction Services. “We’re in the final stages of restoring the mansion. This is in accordance with the Minneapolis Historical Preservation Commission guidelines.

“This structure will be used as the primary entrance to the apartments. After that, it’s an entrance for common areas/amenities. In addition, there are three unique residential units being created on the upper floor.”

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Topping Off

The large renovation project includes the installation of the DaVinci synthetic slate roof by the team at Garlock-French Corporation. In addition, the building’s original masonry is being refurbished. After that, there’s a complete window refurbishment. Inside the 134-year old structure, existing historical woodwork is being restored.

“Topping off this building with the DaVinci product in the Slate Black color enhances the authentic look of the exterior,” says Martin. “Combined with the upgraded copper accessories, the new roof looks just great. It’s the ideal way to draw attention to this beautiful, old structure.”