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Saving the windows!

Franconia, NH: It is said that windows are the eyes of a building and one of the most character defining architectural elements as well. Historic home owners and building stewards from all corners of New Hampshire gathered on September 11 at the Franconia Town Hall for a window restoration workshop presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance as a part of their Old House & Barn Series. “The Preservation Alliance wants to help homeowners avoid unnecessary replacements,” said Beverly Thomas, Program Associate at the Alliance, “especially because studies have shown that properly maintained wood windows can be as energy efficient as replacement windows, last longer, and preserve the historic fabric so important to the architectural character and history of the building.” Wood window restoration specialist Jade Mortimer, Heartwood Window Restoration, Hawley, MA, and member of the New England Window Restoration Alliance, led the hands-on workshop teaching participants wood window maintenance and restoration in order to preserve their older wood windows.

Participants brought their own sashes and spent the day steaming, scraping and glazing their tired old windows. Amy Bahr, one of four participants attending on behalf of the Franconia Heritage Center, said, “Jade gave us a day full of information and hands-on experiences that are an invaluable introduction to restoring old windows.” Enthralled with the idea of bringing their old windows back to the beautiful, functioning windows they once were, workshop attendees learned techniques for paint stripping, glass cutting, glazing, painting, weather stripping and lead safety practices. “I was on the exciting steep part of the learning curve absorbing knowledge about the skills required in window restoration,” said Larry Buckland representing the Stark Union Church. “The workshop was excellent,” said Buckland.

Helpful window preservation links:

National Trust’s Tip Sheet on Historic Wood Windows - http://www.preservationnation.org/about-us/regional-offices/what-is-preservation/additional-resources/2009-Revised-Window-Tip-Sheet.pdf

National Park Service, Technical Preservation Brief - http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/TPS/briefs/brief09.htm

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the state’s non-profit historic preservation group, is dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, communities and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy.

This workshop of the Old House & Barn Series was sponsored by Bedard Preservation & Restoration, LLC, First Period Colonial, Ian Blackman, LLC, Farms & Barns-NH’s Farm Property Realtors, North Country Door, R & T Electric, Inc., Selectwood, Sunrise Woodworks.

The Old House & Barn Series provides workshops and tours to educate historic home and barn owners in restoration techniques and preservation issues. For the Preservation Alliance’s calendar of events, visit www.nhpreservation.org.

Contact: Beverly Thomas, 603-224-2281, bt@nhpreservation.org