Academic Hall – Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO has Academic Hall on a hill located just off the Mississippi River. The dome of Academic Hall is their trademark and can be seen on their stationary and other products sold by the school.

Detroit Cornice had the privilege of installing a new synthetic slate roof along with total restoration of their dome taking over a year to complete and using tons of copper.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Gold Leaf treatment creates stunning results

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Clearfield, PA was in need of a major renovation. The slate roof along with all the steeples were taken down to their decking and resurfaced.  Each individual ornaments and crosses were brought back to our shop in Michigan and totally restored. The finishing touch on each one was the application of gold leaf for a stunning final look.

Book Cadillac Hotel

A Jewel in the Renewal of Downtown Detroit

The Book Cadillac Hotel in Downtown Detroit took on a historic restoration becoming part of the renewal of the City of Detroit. Our company was proud to be part of this great undertaking with the duplication of the three magnificent copper ziggurats crowing this jewel. Duplicating the original pieces in our sheet metal shop using tons of copper and taking over two years to complete.

Winder Residence – Detroit, MI

Classic Style Updated

Restoration of a historic home in the heart of mid-town Detroit. This project required cornice restoration in addition to a traditional roof treatment.

Gleenshee Carriage House

A Classic Style Updated

University of Minnesota are the proud caretakers of Glensheen Estate in Duluth, MN located on the scenic banks of Lake Superior. We had the pleasure of restoring the Carriage House using Ludowici Classic Roof Tile.


Ann Arbor Cornice Restoration

Old World Craftsmanship still shines today

Called to a downtown Ann Arbor business to try to reconstruct a cornice back to its original glory. The existing cornice shown in the picture had only bits and pieces left of it. From an original 1896 picture, we were able to duplicate what was once up there. Like the original, it was painted to make it appear to be terra cotta stone.

St. Josaphat Steeple

Project Challenges

An icon along I-75 driving towards downtown Detroit is the steeple at St. Josaphat Catholic Church. Canfield Street had to be closed to traffic after a storm left the steeple in danger of collapsing into the street. It was a pleasure to straighten, reinforce, and install new slate on this piece of Detroit history.