1927: Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal Opens its Doors

Midland Theater Construction, May 1927, KCMO

1927: Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal Opens its Doors

This year Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal celebrates 90 years in business, quite a feat! A little math involved, that places Cornell’s first year way back in 1927, right in the heart of the roaring 20s!

Art deco was all the rage, easily seen through the construction of building styles, and the era of Gatsby, grand parties, bank robbers and the newly founded Academy Awards was just taking hold. At the start of the year, the first transatlantic phone call happened, connecting New York, New York to The Big Smoke AKA Foggy London Town. Ladies still favored corsets, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his final set of Sherlock Holmes short stories, “The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes”.

But more importantly a year of firsts! Charles Lindbergh made the first solo non-stop trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, Pan America Airways takes its first flight, and the Greater Kansas City Metro was introduced to Roscoe Cornell and Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal. The Cornell name helped to shape and build the Kansas City skyline in the following years, while family members themselves became prominent members in their local community.

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal continued to span years and decades, led by three generations of Cornell family members, and now by a second-generation roofing industry professional, Mary McNamara. And Mary very much so intends to continue this tradition of accomplishments and successes. You can always count on Cornell to get the job done, and to get the job done right. Promises made, promises kept.

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