Selected Reading on Wood Windows

Procedure code:
861009R
Source:
Preservation Technology Source Book
Division:
Doors and Windows
Section:
Wood Windows
Last Modified:
08/17/2016

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Articles/Papers

  • Closs, Christopher W. "Windows No. 16: Repairing and Upgrading Multi-light Wooden Mill Windows." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1986.
  • Eisenberg, Donna T. "Identifying Wood Rot." Building Renovation, November/December 1993, pp. 35-39.
  • Feist, William C. "Windows No. 4: Replacement Wooden Frames and Sash: Protecting Woodwork Against Decay." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984.
  • Fisher, Charles E. "Windows No. 1: Planning Approaches to Window Preservation." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984.
  • Fisher, Charles E. "Windows No. 2: Installing Insulating Glass in Existing Steel Windows." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984.
  • Fisher, Charles E. "Windows No. 11: Installing Insulating Glass in Existing Wooden Sash Incorporating the Historic Glass." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985.
  • Fisher, Charles E., and Thomas A. Vitanza. "Windows No. 10: Temporary Window Vents in Unoccupied Historic Buildings." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985.
  • Houze, William. "Making and Hand-Fitting Wooden Storms." The Old-House Journal, September 1989, pp. 22-26.
  • Labine, Clem. "Seeing Clearly Into Historic Windows." Traditional Building, July/August 1992, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 29-39.
  • ________. "Revival of the Wood Window." Traditional Building, September/October 1989, Vol. 2, No. 5, pp. 7- 12.
  • Labine, Clem, and Larry Jones. "Rescuing Those 'Hopeless' Windows." The Old-House Journal, April 1992, pp. 84-86.
  • Leeke, John. "Sash Window Work-Shop." The Old-House Journal, September/October 1991, pp. 30-35.
  • McConkey, James. "Fixing Double-Hung Windows." The Old-House Journal, December 1979, pp. 133, 138-139.
  • ________. "Rotten Window Sills." The Old-House Journal, January 1980, pp. 7-8.
  • Myers, John H. "(The) Repair of Historic Wooden Windows." Preservation Briefs #9. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1981.
  • O'Donnell, Bill. "Troubleshooting Old Windows; What To Do With Neglected Double-Hung Windows." The Old-House Journal, January/February 1986, pp. 16-23.
  • Park, Sharon C. "Windows No. 8: Thermal Retrofit of Historic Wooden Sash Using Interior Piggyback Storm Panels." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984.
  • Parrot, Charles. "Windows No. 6: Replacement Wooden Sash and Frames with Insulating Glass and Integral Muntins." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984.
  • Smith, Baird M. "Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings." Preservation Briefs #3. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1978.
  • Stomes, Paul P., Eng. "Windows No. 14: Reinforcing Deteriorated Wooden Windows." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1986.
  • Technical Staff, OHJ. "Care and Repair of Window Sash." The Old-House Journal, January 1976, pp. 10-11.
  • ________. "Notes From the Readers... More About Double-Hung Windows." The Old-House Journal, February 1980, pp. 14.
  • ________. "Curing Problems In Double-Hung Windows." The Old- House Journal, August 1976, pp. 1, 10-11.
  • ________. "Painting Doors & Windows." The Old-House Journal, December 1980, p. 201.
  • Trelstad, Derek H. "Eyes on the Yard." Building Renovation, Summer 1994, pp. 18-23.
  • Trissler, Wayne, and Charles E. Fisher. "Windows No. 3: Exterior Storm Windows: Casement Design Wooden Storm Sash." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and Atlanta: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984.
  • Addleson, Lyall. Building Failures, A Guide to Diagnosis, Remedy and Prevention. 2nd ed. London: Butterworth Architecture, 1989.

Books

  • Belle, John, John R. Hoke, and Stephen A. Kliment, eds. Traditional Details for Building Restoration, Renovation, and Rehabilitation; From the 1932-1951 Editions of "Architectural Graphic Standards". New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1991.
  • Window Rehabilitation Guide for Historic Buildings byCharles E. Fisher, Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service. Published in 1997
  • The Window Handbook: Successful Strategies for Rehabilitating Windows in Historic Buildings Revised edition, 2008.

Other References

  • Avrami, Erica C. "Preserving Wood Features in Historic Buildings: An Annotated Bibliography." Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Murfreesboro, TN: Middle Tennessee State University, 1993.
Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13