Decatur City Hall

Decatur City Hall

Renovating a Historic Slate Roof Onto Classical Revival Style



Travel to 509 N. McDonough St. in downtown Decatur, GA and you’ll find Decatur City Hall, a prime example of classical revival style architecture. Decatur City Hall was built in 1926 and for decades has served as a center point for where the city conducts business.

Notable Facts about Decatur City Hall

  • Built in 1926
  • Designed by Edwards & Sayward
  • Classical Revival Style
  • Neo-classical ionic-order porch
  • English Palladian-styled windows
  • Once the headquarters for the police chief, fire chief, city engineer, city clerk, city manager
  • Fire department once headquartered in the south wing with a designated garage area for fire trucks
  • Original steam heat was used until 1994

Decatur City HallDecatur City Hall Timetable of Changes

  • 1950: Library moves out of the building
  • 1958: Fire department moves out of the building
  • 1982: Police department moves out of the building

Repurposing for Today’s Needs, while Preserving History

Decatur City Hall underwent renovations that ran through July 2006. Visitors familiar with the original building would recognize today the addition of a new central hall elevator, reconstruction of the original entrance staircase, larger commission chamber and most visibly a new rear wing.

Role Model for Historic Public Buildings

Designed by architect Brian G. Randall and working with original blueprints of the exterior and interior, Decatur City Hall has undergone several design renovations. The $3.5 million project would serve as a role model for historic public buildings, providing a more comfortable, professional work environment for employees and better access to those with disabilities. The project paid particular attention to the exterior, including its slate roof, which KTM Roofing was contracted to install.

KTM Roofing Master Slate Roofers

A historic roof such as Decatur City Hall requires master craftsmanship, attention to detail, and a focus around preservation. KTM Roofing is a leading installer of slate roofs in Atlanta. As a roofing contractor in Atlanta renowned for their ability to work with a variety of historic roofing materials, KTM provided the installation of the slate roof.

Decatur City Hall Roofing Materials Used

  • Slate shingles
  • Copper flashing detail
  • Standard ice and water shield
  • Lead plumbing boots
  • Copper nails

To complete the Decatur City Hall slate roofing project a dozen roofers worked on the historic roof. The project occurred in the summer of 2003. Tim McLoughlin, President of KTM Roofing comments, “It is exciting to be a part of a historic project such as Decatur City Hall. I am proud of the work our master roofers provided to the residents of Decatur, GA. The city hall project provides another example of why KTM is one of the most sought-after installers of slate roofing in metro Atlanta and the leading expert of renovations of historic slate roofs.”

To learn more about KTM’s slate roofing capabilities or to inquire about the preservation or installation of a slate roof, contact KTM at 678-565-7663.

To visit the city of Decatur’s website http://www.decaturga.com/

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