In order to gain a bit of perspective about Charlton Hall, we need to take a look back at the first owner's father, David Dows, Sr. He was born a farmer's son in 1814. When he left his father's home in 1828 to work in a dry goods store, there were fewer than 20 miles of railroad tracks in the country. The nation was poised for expansion and railroads played a major role, not just by physically opening up access to the West, but economically as well. Dows was heavily involved in the growth of the railroad and all of the profits that could be reaped from previously untapped markets.
Charlton Hall was built circa 1916 by noted Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer for David Dows, Jr.. Perched on the edge of the Jazz Age, the fortune upon which this house had its foundation was a product of the Gilded Age. While the rest of the country was in a forward-looking mood, this residence was a nod towards times gone by.
Not many people pay any attention to their windows until something goes wrong, just like most things. And then when it's time to take care of the problem, things can get confusing because there's a whole new set of vocabulary words to learn in short order.
Weight and chain windows employ a counterbalance system that is quite simple. On a basic level, the weight and chain window system involves a pulley, a chain, and a weight. This highly efficient system leverages mechanical advantage to harness a simple machine to make everyday life easier, especially when operating weight and chain windows.
Weights and chains have been used to facilitate the operation of windows since the early 1700's. This system has stood the test of time due to its sheer simplicity. The pulley is believed to date back to 1500 BCE, when the people of Mesopotamia used ropes and pulleys to hoist their water.
Windows are constructed of more than just wood and glass. Hardware not only makes windows functional, but it also enhances their appearance. Hardware is a bit like jewelry for your windows. However, the nomenclature for the hardware may be rather confusing at first glance. Below you will find a brief glossary of some terms that may be of interest when restoring your wooden windows back to their original splendor.
Over time, windows accumulate quite a bit of dirt and grime. This is especially true if they haven’t been cleaned twice a year as experts recommend. Air pollution, car exhaust, and general gunk build up over time and cause windows to look dingy. Although all windows can be cleaned in the same basic way, older glass and wood windows do require some special consideration.
When single pane windows have been left without maintenance, they are subject to fall into disrepair and are then often perceived as being old and drafty rather than as the architectural assets they are. However, replacement windows are not necessarily the only alternative. The historic look and feel of the original wooden windows can be preserved with the option of transforming them from single to double pane glass. They won't look like much, if anything, has changed
St. Patrick's Cathedral is an iconic New York City landmark and home to the famous rose window, along with two other windows that have never seen the light of day.
When people think about stained glass windows, the name Tiffany might spring to mind for some, but nearly everyone will think of churches with their elaborate and detailed panes. And, there's a good reason for that...
The next time you watch the clouds floating past your window, you might want to consider the fact that the privilege of doing so was a few thousand years in the making.
We recently reviewed the various types of environmentally friendly windows available, and now we’re here to delve further into that topic by looking at how to measure the performance of these windows. There are five basic principles that influence a window’s energy efficiency, as well as two leading certifications that rate products based on these criteria.
Like any structural component of a home, windows require proper installation, upkeep, and, sometimes, a little TLC. A common issue with casement windows, those that are attached to their frames by hinges, is sash sag. This occurs when the bottom of a window begins to droop. An all-too-common conundrum, sash sag can be prevented as well as mitigated, and we’re here to provide tips for both instances.
Rowhouses make up much of the city’s historic residential housing stock, and today can sell for well into the millions. Did you know, though, that not every rowhouse is the same? That there are many different styles, each with their own unique design and history? We’ve compiled here a guide to these styles, so next time you’re admiring one of these beautiful architectural gems you’ll know what type of rowhouse you’re looking at—and just think how that will impress your friends!
There’s so much to consider when “greening” a home, and one of the most important factors is windows. There are several eco-friendly window options for new homes, historic homes, and everything in between. We’re here to break it down for you.
Official city landmark designation is granted through the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), which “is responsible for protecting New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status, and regulating them once they're designated.” Today, there are over 31,000 landmarked properties in the five boroughs.