Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ottawa – Historic Roof Replacement

The historic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ottawa is one of the nation’s most well-known churches, with plans for the building dating back to the 1830’s. The Cathedral was built slowly to accommodate the different demands of multiple priests; this includes changing the original design to match a Gothic Revival style, adding steeples over 10 years after the design change, and years of additional interior decorating. The cathedral’s rich history and unique design granted the property to be designated as a National Historical Site of Canada in 1990.

When the Notre-Dame Cathedral required a roof replacement, there was an extensive amount of work that needed to be performed. Heather & Little was proud to be asked to work with Xavier Rankin Consulting to complete a historic roof replacement and twin on this piece of Canadian history.

Roofing Replacement on the Notre-Dame Cathedral

The historic roofing replacement that took place on the Notre-Dame Cathedral required a significant amount of detailed work. Due to its Gothic Revival style, large and disconnected steeples, and architectural sheet metal components, this roof replacement was one of the largest projects we have been a part of to date.

For the twin steeples, our team of artisans were assigned the task of using a unconventional type of sheet metal for decorative metal work called EZ-Form stainless steel, pressed metal ornaments, flat seam sheet metal panels. Stainless steel sheet metal ornaments adorned the steeples.

Heather & Little received the 2000 Annual Roofing Canada Award from the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association for “outstanding workmanship, innovative solutions, and significant contribution to the community and to the industry” on his historic roofing project.

For more information on this historic roofing and twin steeples project, view the images below or get in touch with a team member at Heather & Little today.


notre dame cathedral
winner of canadian roofing contractors association award