Historic preservation is not just about preventing the demolition of a building. If preservation advocates truly want to ensure that our historic environment will be passed on to future generations, then we need to provide resources so that the individual parts that make up the sum total of that structure can be repaired, maintained and in some cases recreated.
Case in point is the retention of historic wood windows. For far too long, we have allowed otherwise repairable wood window frames and sashes to be thrown into a landfill when they could have been easily repaired.
In an effort to bring attention to this alarming loss of historic fabric, Preservation Chicago listed The Old Fashioned Wood Window as one of our 7 Most Endangered in 2009.
To further that initiative, we provide the following resources:
- Recent studies regarding the energy efficiency of window preservation:
- A list of contractors in the Chicago area who specialize in historic window restoration: