Tile Roof Crowns Mansion Renovation

Nashville’s historic Stone Hall mansion renovation project involved installing a tile roof to protect the public-event facility.

Renovating the Stone Hall roof involved completely removing the existing roof, performing structural repairs, and installing 3,400 sq. ft. of a Ludowici French Terra-Cotta tile roof.

Stone Hall, a private mansion built in 1918 in Nashville, TN, overlooks the Stones River Greenway. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an important example of Colonial Revival architecture. The Colonial Revival style can be identified in the stonework, symmetrical façade design, entry with sidelights and transom, tile roof with hip-roof dormers, and multiple large bay windows.

The 100-yr.-old Stone Hall, owned by Metro Nashville Parks and used as a public-event space, was in need of roof and façade renovations. Before beginning renovations, all proposed alterations and additions had to meet the Metro Nashville Historic Zoning Commission’s strict standards.

Stone Hall’s Colonial Revival style can be identified in the stonework, symmetrical façade design, entry with sidelights and transom, tile roof with hip-roof dormers, and multiple large bay windows.

Stone Hall management called on RSS Roofing Services & Solutions, Nashville (roofingsands.com), to handle the exterior renovation. They completely removed the existing roof, performed structural repairs, and installed 3,400 sq. ft. of a Ludowici French Terra-Cotta tile roof with a bright green finish. The tiles are manufactured by Ludowici Roof Tiles, New Lexington, OH (ludowici.com).

The low-profile interlocking clay tile offers an array of benefits for a building. The large size and durable material with deep locks on all four sides, plus two prominent flutes on the surface, provide a dramatic aesthetic and superior drainage. When applied to a roof, these flutes produce a shadow effect for a highly refined, distinctive appearance.

Additionally, RSS custom fabricated and installed extensive lead-coated copper flashings. Also installed were new aluminum half-round gutters with custom-fabricated stainless-steel gutter screens to keep them functioning freely on the heavily wooded grounds. Half-round gutters require relatively low maintenance and match almost any style of architecture.

The existing tongue-and-groove soffit was completely rebuilt to match the original milled lumber that had deteriorated. Finally, scalloped slate shingles were installed for siding on the prominent front dormers. While slate enhances the look of many architectural styles, when it is cut in a scalloped shape and applied as siding, the material compliments Stone Hall’s Colonial Revival style. This subtle architectural dormer detail delivers a historic appearance.


— Visit the Stone Hall mansion website.

— Learn more about Ludowici roofing tiles.

— Visit the RSS Roofing Services & Solutions website.

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