Wednesday, October 31, 2007
1416 9th Progresses
Walking to work today, I noticed that new, double hung, wood windows are going into the building under renovation at 1416 9th Street (pictured below). The windows look great, complimenting a renovation that has been fun to watch (it looks like they're doing a good job). You might notice that the exterior fire escape, vinyl siding and the aluminum awning that once adorned the front facade are no more.Most likely, the decision to use of the double hung, wooden replacement windows in this renovation was to conform with the historic district regulations. As evidenced in comments to this post, these regulations do not sit well with all. I am generally a fan of the protections afforded by historic district designation, and I am increasingly a fan of wooden windows (which seems to be a go-to complaint by many opposing the regulations). The new mantra in historic preservation seems to be that the "no maintenance" appeal of-- admittedly cheaper in the short term--vinyl windows is fleeting, as “No maintenance means they can’t be repaired." Check out this post on more about the benefits of wood windows (new or restoring existing) and the sometimes false promises of vinyl.