Right Path Windows & Restoration restored wooden sash windows in this Italian palazzo-style building. It was designed by noted architect J. E. R. Carpenter and was built in 1922. He lived in the building until his death, as did legendary actress Gloria Swanson. The windows of the penthouse on the corner of 73rd St. overlooking Central Park were in need of restoration.
Property Status: Landmarked
Project: Restoration of windows
Glass: Restoration glass
Finishes: Exterior gray Benjamin Moore paint to match existing adjacent windows
Client: Private residential client
Sixteen over-sized, eight-over-eight windows were restored. The sashes were stripped down to bare wood, revealing the intricate details of the original profiles. All of the existing putty was removed and the sashes were re-glazed. Large pulleys were custom fabricated and installed along with the maximum weight load-bearing chains in order to properly operate the substantially-sized 5' x 8' windows.
Dutchman joinery to replace rotten wood along with the application of epoxy resins were used in the process of restoring the sashes. New bronze interlock weather stripping along with concealed modern brush weather stripping was used to make the windows more thermally efficient.
Right Path helped to bring back the character of the windows using brass adjusters on the sash stops and replacing the sash locks to match the existing. A ring sash lift along with a sash pole was another element that was employed on the largest window to enable the client to operate the upper sashes, making the windows fully functional once again.