SAVANNAH – The National Park Service plans to place a more storm-resistant roof on a historic building that serves as its staff headquarters at Fort Pulaski on the Georgia coast.
The building wasn't an original part of the Civil War-era fort east of Savannah. It was constructed just before World War I as an attendant's quarters for a nearby quarantine station. The station was used to treat people with highly contagious diseases between 1889 and 1937.
The park service is seeking public comment on its plan to replace the existing asphalt shingle roof with one made out of steel, the agency said in a news release. The current roof suffered damaged from Hurricanes Matthew and Irma in 2016 and 2017.
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the last surviving building associated with the former quarantine station. The park service says Georgia's state historic preservation office determined a steel roof would adversely affect the building's historic character because it would lack the appearance of the original shingle roof.
The park service said it plans to minimize the new roof's impact by applying steel in a diamond shingle pattern that mimics the original design.