Historic public-owned buildings in Concord get new roofs 

  • The Concord School District’s historic office building on Liberty Street is getting new roof shingles on Thursday, July 22, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Concord School District’s historic office building, the former Dewey School on Liberty Street, is getting a new roof this month. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The arched roof of the iconic Everett Arena on Loudon Road was recently re-shingled. —Courtesy

  • The Concord School District’s historic office building, the former Dewey School on Liberty Street, is getting a new roof this month. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Concord School District’s historic office building, the former Dewey School on Liberty Street, is getting a new roof this month. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 7/22/2021 2:22:47 PM

The Concord School District’s historic office building on Liberty Street is getting a revamp this month as its 102-year-old slate roof is being replaced with an updated synthetic slate material.

The office building’s hip roof has shown visible decay in the last several years, according to facilities and planning director Matt Cashman, who added that a wind or snow storm sometimes resulted in shards of slate landing in the parking lot.

“It was definitely time,” Cashman said. “This was an opportunity to not only replace the roof that needed to be replaced, but to add gutters and downspouts to increase the safety around the building for visitors, staff and others from the community that might visit the building.”

The two-story Romanesque Revival-style building was constructed in 1900 and was once called the “Dewey School,” according to the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. It was used as a school right up until 2004, when it became home to the district’s administrative offices.

The cost for the project is $256,127, and comes from leftover bond proceeds according to business administrator Jack Dunn.

Work on the roof began July 14, and is expected to continue for another two weeks, weather permitting. Different sections of the parking lot are being roped off in turn as workers complete different sections of the roof, and Cashman said he has been sending email updates about the project to the staff members, who have continued to work in the building.

“I'm excited to have this done and I'm looking forward to having a good safe roof for visitors and staff members in the future,” Cashman said. 

In another part of the city, the arched roof of the iconic Everett Arena on Loudon Road was recently re-shingled. The city’s General Services Department worked with A1 Siding and Roofing in Manchester and Concord-based architectural and engineering firm the H.L. Turner Group 

The arena is primarily used for ice skating, but it also hosts events in the summer months like comic conventions and antique shows. The structure with its curved roof was built in 1965 and acquired by the City of Concord in 1981. It is named after Doug Everett, a 1932 Olympic Silver Medalist, for his skill in skating and hockey as well as his civic and business leadership, according to the city’s website




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