Fort Lincoln Cemetery

Fort Lincoln Cemetery has ties with historic military events, including the War of 1812 and the Civil War.  During the War of 1812, Commodore Joshua Barney led a valiant holding action during the Battle of Bladensburg, against British troops intent on burning the nation's capital. During this battle, for the first time in the nation's history, the president, members of his cabinet, and other high-ranking government officials were on the field directing troop movements. In addition, the remains of Battery Jameson, a link in the Union defenses built to protect the capital city from attack by the Confederacy, fell within the cemetery grounds. Records show that President Abraham Lincoln met there with high-ranking officers of the army to discuss strategy.

Although not officially established until 1921, Fort Lincoln Cemetery is known for its design and architecture.  A staggering 178.4 acres, it is divided into a series of garden rooms with its graves sitting upon rolling hills.  Besides historic plaster work on the Cloister Sanctuary and Little Chapel, The Durable Restoration Company will be restoring the cemetery's magnificent mahogany doors.  The Battery Jameson's undercarriage and the Liberty Bell's headworks will both be historically replicated and replaced.

Our sister organization, The Durable Slate Company, will repair Fort Lincoln Cemetery's clay tile roof.

The Cotton Angel, Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, WV

Located in Charleston, WV Spring Hill Cemetery, the Cotton Angel has stood for over a century. The monument was vandalized in the 1970's and until recently had lost both hands, and had damage to its head and one wing.

Modeled after its twin monument in Dayton, OH, Durable crewman were able to reconstruct the angel's broken hands and make repairs to the damaged face and wing.

Restoring the Cotton Angel proved an economical and lasting solution, while adding to the legacy of this magnificent statue. May it stand watch a century longer.

Kyle Hayes and the Cotton Angel, featured in The Charleston Gazette

Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum

DAYTON, OH

The restoration of this monument was completed from January through May 2019. Matilda Stanley, Gypsy Queen of the U.S., was royally buried at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in 1878. It is exceedingly rare that royalty would be buried here, but here she rests with a newly restored monument.  In October 2015, it became apparent that the monument was not level and beginning to sink. Durable Restoration was brought in to make emergency repairs, which included a new concrete base around the cemetery monument and concrete walkway.

Soldier's Monument, Forest Cemetery, Circleville, OH

Originally built in 1888, this monument features a lone soldier overlooking Forest Cemetery's fallen Civil War soldiers. It was erected to honor John H. Groce, a local Union officer who was killed December 1864.

“During the ensuing 127 years, the monument remained untouched, a testament to the quality of the work,” Jack Mader, master of ceremonies said during the rededication ceremony. “However, the ravages of time and the elements finally brought about the need for a major overhaul.”

The scope of work on Soldier's Monument included repairing the original steel structure at the base, approximately 30 bullet holes, and the separated copper seams. The sandstone base was cleaned, pointed, and repaired as needed.

Featured in the Circleville Herald: Historic Civil War Monument rededicated in Forest Cemetery.