Reynolda House Bestowed the Commercial Historic Renovation Project of the Year by Ludowici Roof Tile Company

The Reynolda House Museum of American Art is pleased to announce that the recent renovation of Reynolda House’s 30,000-square-foot bungalow roof has been recognized by the Ludowici Roof Tile Company as the Commercial Historic Renovation Project of the Year.

As a distinguishing feature imparting much of the architectural character of the house, the roof renovation project honors the vision of the home’s original designer, Charles Barton Keen, for thoughtful design and high-quality materials brought together by expert craftsmen. In 2020-2021, Reynolda House partnered with architect Joseph K. Oppermann, the Frank L. Blum Construction Company, and the Baker Roofing Company to restore the 100-year-old signature tile roof.   

“We are honored that our renovation project has been recognized by the Ludowici Roof Tile Company,” said Allison Perkins, Reynolda Executive Director. “Our team of nationally known and respected architects, engineers, and conservators understood the importance of thoughtful restoration to ensure the long-term preservation of both the collections and the historic house. It is gratifying to have our commitment to using best-in-class materials, employing exceptional craftsman, and maintaining historical integrity acknowledged in this way.”

The Commercial Historic Renovation Project of the Year is given to projects that demonstrate excellence in terra cotta roof design and installation. After careful deliberation by the Ludowici panel of judges, the Reynolda House project was found to have exceeded all the criteria for outstanding craftsmanship and use of the unique tiles.

“We take our role as stewards of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art very seriously,” said Joseph K. Oppermann, principal and founder, Joseph K. Oppermann – P.A. “The house’s design was innovative in its day but has only grown in aesthetic appeal for its timeless simplicity. We are grateful to the Ludowici team for their appreciation of our process and its outcome.”

This marks the second award given to the Reynolda House Museum roof renovation effort. The project was previously awarded the Robert James Award for Preservation Excellence by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium.

June 10, 2022
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