Window restoration and/or replacement was one of the most discussed items on our neighborhood survey last fall. Windows are to any house as the eyes are to a face, and therefore give it character. New windows not properly designed to match a home’s era can be spotted by even the untrained eye. The Landmark Preservation guidelines stress the importance of preserving a house’s original windows. With the appropriate weather stripping and sealing, historic windows can be very close in weather efficiency to new ones. There are a few companies in town that do great restoration work (e.g. Phoenix Restoration and Lyons Historic Window).
If one of your original windows is beyond all repair, you can apply to the CCHN Design Review for permission to replace it. With the proper documentation stating the window’s irreversible state, you will be able to help get
your house the care it needs.