Butcher & Butcher Gives New Life to Roof System of Historic Mausoleum

Listed on the National Registrar of Historic places, Oak Hill Cemetery in Pontiac, Mich., is the final resting place for many veterans of the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Throughout the years, many of Oak Hill’s monuments have fallen into severe disrepair, including its seven historic mausoleums.

Oakhill 1_card

Butcher and Butcher Construction donated the labor and materials to restore the slate roof on the historic Hull mausoleum in Pontiac, Mich.

The most severe damage occurred in late 2013 when the roof system of the Hull family mausoleum, which was constructed during the mid-1800s, collapsed as a result of the deterioration of structural beams and water infiltration through the roof.

In December 2014, NRCA member Butcher& Butcher Construction of Rochester Hills, Mich., stepped forward to restore the structure’s roof, donating all the necessary slate roofing material and labor. Bensons Oakland Wholesale, Pontiac, Mich., donated materials and labor for the building’s framing.

Oakhill Before

The mausoleum’s roof collapsed in 2013 as a result of deterioration of structural beams and water infiltration through the roof. Photo courtesy of WXYZ-TV, Detroit.

Despite the severe damage to the mausoleum’s roof system and the amount of time that it went unrepaired and unprotected from the elements, Butcher & Butcher’s sloped roof division was able to restore structure’s slate roof system over the course of two days, even in the midst of Michigan’s brutal winter weather conditions.

A re-dedication ceremony for the restored Hull family mausoleum was held was held on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.

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One thought on “Butcher & Butcher Gives New Life to Roof System of Historic Mausoleum

  1. Grant Harper says:

    This roofing restoration definitely did a lot to make this historical mausoleum look better! I have been working to help restore a few older buildings in our community, and one of them has a really bad roof like this. I would love to get some work done on it to help prevent the roof from collapsing again. What material did you end up using for this roof to make sure that it was stronger? I would like to use really good material that will last long, in case of any large storms or other damage, just to be sure that it lasted a long time.


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