Project of the Year Winners 2021

Posted On: April 1, 2022

Ludowici is pleased to announce the winners of our annual Project of the Year contest

We asked for submissions of the best projects with any recent use of our product—residential, educational, new construction, renovation, & more.  Winners have been chosen by an internal Ludowici panel and popular vote based on factors relating to appearance, uniqueness, complexity, and craftmanship. The following are the Winners and Runners-up for each Project of the Year category.

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Project Name:  Private Residence 
Project Location: Atlanta, GA

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Project Name: Private Residence
Project Location: St. Augustine, FL




Stathopoulous-Farmakidis Residence | akron, oh

Project Name: Stathopoulous-Farmakidis
Project Location: Akron, OH
Color(s): SO/M1M13 Green Spots
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Project Name: Private Residence
Project Location: Palm Beach, FL
Product: Scandia Barrel Tile; Custom CC Button Hip Starters
Color(s): Custom Gloss: 147-05G/30GT1 SM LT-MD Spots

Ludowici had the honor of working with entertainment banker, entrepreneur and close friend of Martha Stewart, Lisbeth Barron, to re-design a stunning new roof fit for her Palm Beach abode. Lisbeth’s issue arose when her current waterfront cement roof needed replacement due to fading and weathering after only 20 years. Cue our own Color Designer & Ceramic Engineer to the rescue!  Beautiful glossy terra cotta with a hint of gold speckle was chosen with a color permanent guarantee of 75 years.  Wanting something different and unique, a total of four sample orders and 20 different colors shipped for review, until the customer got the exact color she wanted. See the full transformation from faded to fabulous on Martha’s blog HERE.


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Project Name: Private Residence
Project Location: Evanston, IL
Architect: Ernest Mayo
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Project Name: Private Residence
Project Location: Nashville, TN
Product: LudoSlate
The original French Mansard style residence was built circa 1930 on a hillside site with a wonderful view of the rolling hills nearby.  Although the house had been updated periodically, it once again needed some attention.  Recent improvements made to the residence include interior layout and finish renovations, a front porch addition, a rear porch / colonnade addition with an upper level terrace above, replacing wood windows and doors with thermally broken double pane steel windows and doors, adding large skylights, replacing the entire mansard roof system with Ludowici Ludoslate on the steep portions and flat lock copper on the flat upper parts, as well as extensive landscape and hardscape improvements.
The owners wanted the new roofing material to be attractive, appropriate for the 1930s Mansard style, and enduring, selecting Ludowici’s LudoSlate in Antiqued Pewter. Another reason this particular tile was selected is because of the lighter weight compared to natural slate or other comparable tile products, which placed less load on the existing structure.  Some of the transitions, corners and terminations on a Mansard style roof with multiple dormers are challenging to design and implement in the field.  Several on site meetings between the architect, moisture consultant, contractor and installer were held to review these conditions and determine the best way forward. The result is quite stunning and is a major feature of the residence.  


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Rancho San Juan High School
Project Name: Rancho San Juan High School
Project Location: Salinas, CA
Designer: Peter Kasavan, FAIA | Installer: Platinum Roofing, Inc.
Product: LudoSlate | Color(s): Slate Gray
Built in the Salad Bowl of the World, this new high school embodies the working heritage that helped build the valley and is grounded in the industrial aesthetic of the barns, greenhouses and steel processing structures with antecedents in the 19th century steel frame construction of the Spreckels Sugar Factory. The clock tower reflects an historic agricultural water tower that had been on this site for generations. This historic water tower was preserved and moved to a nearby nonprofit training center. The two-story classroom building reduced the site needs from 50 to 40 acres and locates all students and staff close to campus services. Classrooms line a double-loaded corridor with ample room for circulation, sitting and lockers. Neither corridor level required any heating or air conditioning.  
With recessed porch-like entries, display windows and “street” lights, the corridors are like neighborhood streets. Elevator towers and “roofs” over the lockers function as visual “buildings” contributing to this streetscape effect. Windows optimize daylighting, broad views, operable glazing. Zoned lighting controls turn off lights where not needed. Sunlight and heat gain are mitigated with exterior louvers and shed roofs. First floor corridors are finished with polished concrete eliminating the need for floor coverings, cleaning products and future replacement waste.
Materials include recycled content and recyclable materials -steel superstructure, metal studs, metal ceilings and metal siding. The clay tile roof uses copper flashing and is expected to be maintenance-free and last a century or more. The appearance is consistent with the industrial aesthetic, is beautiful, has extremely low maintenance requirements and is durable with a very long serviceable lifespan. Eco friendly and recyclable, they are a very green choice. The project uses over 150,000 sq. ft. of tile. The building design minimized the need for foot traffic over a very large area of roof tiles during construction and for maintenance or repairs by incorporating the following features:
  • Located roof mounted equipment in mechanical towers
  • Utilized copper flashing and aluminum gutters to maximize serviceable life of components integrated with roof tile installation.
  • Specified high performance and quality aluminum frame clerestory windows to minimize need for service.

American Institute of Architects, Monterey Bay Chapter (AIAMB), Honor Award for Design Excellence 2019.

Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and the AIA California Council (AIACA),Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards Award of Honor 2020.




Boston College Schiller Institute for Integrated Science & Society
Project Name: Boston College Schiller Institute for Integrated Science & Society
Project Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
Product: Classic 14″
Color(s): Custom Boston College Blend

Boston College is a strong supporter of Ludowici with tile covering most of the campus.  The Classic 14″ Interlocking tile blends well with the architecture of their buildings. The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science & Society is a new Building on Campus which received funding from Phil Schiller of Apple.  Phil is an Alumni of Boston College, class of 1982. The building’s height is 70′ with a roof slope of 26/12.


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Madeira Condominium | MARCO ISLAND, FL
Project Name: Madeira Condominium
Project Location: Marco Island, FL
Roofing Consultant: G. Batista & Associates
Product: Spanish 18


Pequot Library | SOUTHPORT, CT
Project Name: Pequot Library
Project Location: Southport, CT
Architect: Pirie Associates
Installer: Sound Renovation
Product: Spanish 13
Color(s): Clay Red

While the Library’s programs and services have made it a literary and cultural beacon, Pequot’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives make it truly unique. They were assembled initially by Virginia Marquand Monroe (1837-1926) and her associates, the Rev. William Holman (1852 – 1936) and Mary Catherine Hull Wakeman (1813 – 1896). They focused the first collection efforts on Early Americana. In addition to funding the remarkable steel stacks holding Pequot’s circulating collection, which feature three Tiffany windows, Mrs. Wakeman made significant purchases that continue to distinguish Pequot’s Special Collections today, including Epistola de insulis nuper inventis (Christopher Columbus’ Letter of 1493) and the signatures of all signers of the Declaration of Independence. The Library was designed by noted American architect Robert H. Robertson (1849-1919) and opened in 1894. The first Library event was a performance with the Yale Glee Club.


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reynolda house | winston-salem, NC
Project Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Installer: Baker Roofing
Product: Morando Closed Shingle / #118 Hip Roll, #211 Ridge,#168 Hip Starter

Color(s): 049-16M/M16 SM LT-MD Mist; M21 SM; M21/M16 SM LT-MD


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Nestled near Wake Forest University, the Reynolda House Museum is an big part of Winston-Salem, NC history.  The iconic Ludowici green tile roof was chosen by lady of the house  Katharine Smith Reynolds, wife to R. J. Reynolds of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.  Commissioned by Mrs. Reynolds in the early 1900s, the house was built and completed by famed Winston-Salem architect Charles Barton Keen in 1917.  This green roof and white facade shaped the  trend in architecture of the affluent neighborhoods of Winston-Salem. The Reynolda House Museum has been with Ludowici to replicate the original green roof for replacement in spring of 2020.  An exhibition about the project is on display in the museum, centered around Ludowici’s connected history to the home.  Learn more about the project here: Restoring Reynolda’s Historic Roof


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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens | miami, fl
Project Location: Miami, FL
Architect: MLD Architects
Color(s): Covers:  29% Santiago Rose, 50% Slate Red, 21% Santiago Rose w/Ebony Mist M>H Pans: 100% Santiago Rose


Zion Church


Project Name: Zion Church
Project Location: Gowrie, IA
Color(s): Slate Red

The client was interested in a lighter weight, historical, period appropriate, and long-term solution.  Ludowici LudoSlate was a perfect fit. A variety of existing roofing products made this project unique to find a product that would enhance the overall aesthetics and tie in with the roof sections that were not being replaced. The church property, comprised of multiple building sections in a variety of shapes, was experiencing numerous leaks. Renaissance installed Ludowici LudoSlate clay tile on the various sections to consolidate the overall look.

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Project Name: First Presbyterian Church
Project Location: Boise, ID
Product: LudoSlate
Color(s): Ash Gray

The client was interested in a lighter weight, historical, period appropriate, and long-term solution.  Ludowici LudoSlate was a perfect fit. A variety of existing roofing products made this project unique to find a product that would enhance the overall aesthetics and tie in with the roof sections that were not being replaced. The church property, comprised of multiple building sections in a variety of shapes, was experiencing numerous leaks. Renaissance installed Ludowici LudoSlate clay tile on the various sections to consolidate the overall look.


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French Normandy Residence | GREENWICH, CT
Project Name: French Normandy Residence
Project Location: Greenwich, CT
Product: Custom cut façade tile laid sideways
Photography: Robert Benson Photography

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This French Normandy-inspired residence features a plethora of Ludowici tiles placed randomly and intentionally to make up the decoration of the façade. The depth and variation of colors is as strategic as it is beautiful. See full write up HERE.