|Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 09:25 am: ||
ON THE "ENDANGERED" LIST: HISTORIC CLAY ROOFTOPS!
Dear Historic Preservation Industry Neighbor,
Please forgive this intrusion. We are urgently trying to notify people who may care about historic preservation regarding an important case before the Department of Justice - before the deadline for public comment passes.
Any clay tile roofing restoration will (obviously) benefit from an exact match of recycled kiln-burned tiles. The bird stops, high bumps, gable rakes, end bands, and top closures are often damaged or broken during a maintenance roof re-lay. If these pieces cannot be purchased ... the entire historic roof will end up in a landfill.
This would put America's historic rooftops, which have many years of service left, in the endangered column of America's lost architectural heritage.
The Ludowici Roof Tile Company has operated under an Antitrust Decree since 1929. The company is now attempting to lift this decree - while simultaneously notifying suppliers of Recycled Historic Tile that their orders will not be accepted unless certain "requirements" (i.e. unneeded field tile orders) are met. In some cases, an order from a recycled tile dealer will not be accepted under any circumstances. The same types of practices existed when the company was originally found in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
These actions constitute an unfair trade practice and endanger many small businesses that have served the historic community for years. The Committee to Preserve America's Historic Rooftops is petitioning the Justice Department to keep the 1929 Decree in place. The Committee consists of suppliers and applicators in the historic clay tile industry who are acting in concert to solve this problem.
We hope you will find a moment to view the pertainent documents in the original case, as well as the Justice Department's tentative decision on Ludowici's recent motion (links at left)
We have also included a link (below) to our petition page. We would appreciate your support.
Petition and Comments to the U.S. Dept. of Justice (http://www.committeetopreserveamericashistoricroofingtile.org/)
Sponsored by the COMMITTEE TO PRESERVE AMERICA'S HISTORIC ROOFING TILE