Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door
One of our Outside View links this week is a USA Today blog
on a campaign against replacing windows in historic buildings. Some
preservationists argue that old buildings simply should not have new
windows. They advocate window repair or using storm windows rather than
I have to admit, I was a little surprised. Sure I can see why
preservationists might not want to touch Monticello or Mount Vernon.
But for many older buildings, manufacturers can replicate the look of
old windows pretty accurately. I even wrote a feature article about this niche a few years back.
So after reading the USA Today blog, I'm left wondering if appearance is really that important to
historic enthusiasts that comfort and energy efficiency carry no
weight. With all the options manufacturers now offer to produce
historically-accurate windows, can we not have both?
Please share with me what
you're seeing in the historic and older building market. Are the views
expressed in the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the
"National Window Campaign" common? Should old windows be saved? Are we
too quick to replace? Or do old buildings need today's windows to keep
functioning? Let's talk....
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