heritage wood double-hung windows

February 22, 2012

While driving home from the Kawartha Lakes, I drove past this old stone church. It turns out that it is a National Historic Site of Canada. The following is a quote from the plaque outside the church.

“This building, constructed between 1840 and 1853 by the congregation of St. Andrew’s, is remarkable both for its beauty and excellent state of preservation. The aesthetic appeal of this modest Presbyterian church derives mainly from its balanced proportions, the elegant simplicity of its stonework, and its finely detailed windows. Inside, the horseshoe gallery, raised pulpit, and box pews have survived virtually unchanged since the 1860s. A fine example of local craftsmanship, this is one of the few intact vernacular stone churches now remaining in Canada.”

Old Stone Church National Historic Site of Canada

Old Stone Church National Historic Site of Canada

It’s really difficult to get the scale in the picture below: the window looks so much smaller than its approximately 14 foot height. Look at the picture above and compare the height of the windows to the height of the door.

Heritage Wood Double-Hung Window

Heritage Wood Double-Hung Window

Although I didn’t get a chance to go inside, these double-hung wood windows would typically have counterweights and pulleys suspended by ropes or chains. 51 individual pieces of glass were cut and glazed with putty over 150 years ago. Amazing that it’s still intact.

1 comment

  1. Comment by Jen

    Jen Reply February 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Wow that is very interesting! I didn’t realize that windows were cut and puttied back in those days. That must be some solid putty! I wonder if you would get alot of draft with that process?

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