Window Talk

by Erin Hanafin Berg, Field Representative
September 9, 2009

I gave a presentation yesterday to members of Linden Hills Power & Light about historic wood windows. Windows is one of the categorical, statewide listings on the Alliance’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2009. I’m sure that listing had a few people scratching their heads, but hopefully it also inspired a few people to scrape peeling paint, replace dried out glazing putty, and lay down many ribbons of caulk.

Window restoration has received a lot of attention recently. Follow the links at the bottom of our 2009 10 Most Endangered page to read about why preserving original windows is more sustainable than installing replacement windows, and how it can stimulate the local economy. Also check out this recent post by Adrian Scott Fine on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Facebook page. While you’re at it, friend the Trust so you can get these kinds of updates firsthand.

Restoring wood windows and making them more energy efficient will be the topic of discussion at several sessions of the annual statewide historic preservation conference put on by the State Historic Preservation Office. The conference is next Thursday and Friday at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Attend in person and learn some firsthand tips from experienced window rehab contractors.

You can also view my presentation here. (Sorry, but you’ll have to provide your own narration and excessive hand gestures.)

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