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What A Difference A Door Makes

Along with windows and paint and landscaping… As you may have heard, there is a great deal of home improvement going on in the Highland Park neighborhood these days.  Investors have been busy “flipping” long-neglected homes for new design-savvy buyers.  … Continue reading

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Before & After: 4

More jalousie and aluminum windows replaced with wood. These are new replica wood sash in old 1880s jambs, reusing the original rope-hung system of weights and pulleys. No stucco or siding was harmed in the restoration of these windows. This … Continue reading

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Keeping your jalousies

While they may not be appropriate in your Victorian or Craftsman home, louver (jalousie) windows are often the original windows in the modernist houses of the 1950s. Some 60 years later, many of the mechanisms that operate these windows are … Continue reading

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Undoing Replacement Windows (and going back to steel)

A nice article about a couple of New York homeowners undoing a prior owner’s work. Their new 1920s Tudor needed some work and “…it had some unfortunate updates… the windows were high-tech modern replacements.” Their real estate agent probably didn’t … Continue reading

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A great article in today’s New York Times Old Windows Find a Following July 28, 2011 By Katie Zezima Needham, Mass. Barbara Jones had one stipulation when she was renovating her 1794 farmhouse: keep the original windows. “For me, it’s aesthetics,” Ms. Jones said as she opened … Continue reading

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The creation of national window restoration standards

Last week, a group of of prominent window restoration professionals met in Pine Mountain, Kentucky to draft a set of standards for the restoration and weatherizing of historic windows. Their goal is to have a finalized standard for release in … Continue reading

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Before & After 3: The Jalousies Must Go

Years ago, I restored my first windows, a couple of dining room windows on my own home which had been changed from wood double-hungs to glass louvers or jalousie windows. Since then, I’ve seen my share of neglected wood windows … Continue reading

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Detroit has an opening (or two) for window repair

It looks like one of Detroit’s better known derelict buildings might be getting some attention soon. Built in 1913 and unused since 1988, Michigan Central Station has become an icon of Detroit’s decay. The building’s owner has announced their intention … Continue reading

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2010 Awards

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While 2011 has already started, I recently noticed two projects I worked on received Pasadena Heritage awards in 2010. The Mission Revival Foursquare at 896 N. Raymond Avenue was a well-deserved Restoration Honoree. Here, a new owner wanted to cosmetically … Continue reading

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Recreating a small corner of the Ambassador Hotel

An interesting feature on the LA Times site about the recreated moderne Coffee Shop at the former Ambassador Hotel site. Designed by notable architect Paul Williams in 1949, it was one of the few pieces of period design retained or … Continue reading

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