Title

"North by East" piece about fourth-generation slater Victor Wright, 34, who was

Authors

Source

Down East

Date

8-1-1996

Pages

48-49

Abstract

"North by East" piece about fourth-generation slater Victor Wright, 34, who was chosen early this year to reroof Portland's State Street Church, which was built in 1852. Wright owns the Heritage Company of Waterboro, which has made its reputation in carefully renovating and replacing old slate roofs. When Wright repaired the church roof this spring, he discovered that two kinds of slate had been used: Vermont purple and Monson blue-gray from Monson, Maine. Wright came to believe that the Monson slate is the best in the world, because he found 75 percent of Maine stone still good shape, compared to only 5 percent of the Vermont shingles. Unfortuantely, Monson roofing slate is no longer produced, although some stone is still quarried for architectural applications and for headstones. Wright relies on quarries in Vermont and Newfoundland. Slaters are h

Subjects

Slate, Wright, Victor

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