According to Lane Maloney of the Scotts Valley Historical Society, the new roof was desperately needed and long-overdue for the 161-year-old house — which was originally built in 1853 by Scotts Valley founder Hiram Scott.
“You could see light through the ceiling in some places,” Maloney said.
Her husband, Mark Maloney, said that the roof had not been replaced since the 1970s, when the house — which had been empty for nearly a decade — was originally preserved.
Before that, he said, it had been a continuously occupied private residence, located near where the current Bank of America building stands on Scotts Valley Drive.
After the remodel in the 1970s, the house was relocated to its current home at MacDorsa Park on Civic Center Drive.
The project was able to happen, Mark Maloney said, because Warren Knox, owner of Knox Roofing, agreed to donate the materials and partially cover the cost of labor to install the roof. The City of Scotts Valley also agreed to help pay the labor costs, as well.
“We really appreciate all that Knox (Roofing) has been doing,” said Mark Maloney. “Otherwise, this would have cost $27,000.”
Knox said that his company had been contacted by the city and the historical society approximately two years ago to do some patching on the existing roof.
When his crew arrived at the Scott House, he said, it was clear that a major fix was going to be necessary.
“They needed a roof on the place probably a year or two ago,” Knox said. “The wood shingles were just gone — beyond repair.”
At the time of the initial inspection, Mark Maloney said that the city nor the historical society was in a financial position at the time to cover the hefty price tag of a new roof.
“Nobody could afford it,” said Knox. “(For the house), the lack of rain has been a blessing.”
By early 2014, however, he said things had changed.
“Now I was in the position to donate the materials to do it, so we did it,” said Knox.
Work crews arrived last week to pull off the old shingles and planking and begin the installation of the new roof, which was completed on Tuesday, July 15.
“This is a good, quality roof,” said Mark Maloney. “It will be here for 30 years.”
Knox said that he was happy to help contribute to the preservation of a piece of Scotts Valley's history.
“I can't think of a better thing to do than to donate to my hometown,” he said.