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Well, here it is folks, our pilot episode of Old Home Living’s “An Architectural Moment”. These short, insights to architectural vocabulary will start to air weekly in July. We promise to keep them fun and interesting, with our hopes that they will inspire and provide a little bit of education into the world of heritage architecture. Stay tuned for full streaming episodes of Old Home Living Streaming Television coming very soon.
In this week’s episode of An Architectural Moment, we will dissect the Georgian Sash Window. We hope this will inspire you to keep and restore these fabulous pieces of architectural folk art that are the soul of your heritage home.
Georgian sash windows are amongst the oldest original window styles you will find still in use today. They are the picture of sophistication, and they immediately evoke the style of the period (18th and 19th century). They are characterized by being large (usually double hung on weights and pulleys) made up of six or more smaller panes of glass.
That arrangement of small panes did not come about by accident. Georgian architecture demanded large windows, but 18th century glass technology limited the maximum size of the panes themselves. The solution? Split the sashes into perfectly proportioned smaller areas or lights with astragal muntin bars and lime putty that held these panes in place. They are delightful, authentic, and characteristic in design.
Today, these original sash windows require plenty of maintenance to look their best. Some Georgian windows are well over 200 years old, and time may have been unkind to them. The softwoods they were made from needs to have regular upkeep.
Therefore… Old Home Living has created a complete online homeowner intensive to teach you how to repair and restore your beautiful… irreplaceable… wood windows.
I am Dr. Christopher Cooper; I will see you next time on Old Home Living’s… Architectural Moment.
Are you interested in restoring your antique windows yourself? Then we have a complete restoration eWorkshop for you to get expert step-by-step instruction for Dr. Christopher Cooper himself. For more information on this amazing and valuable eWorkshop (now $150 off).