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The Window Sash Bible: A Guide to Maintaining and Restoring Old Wood Windows

$45.00

The Window Sash Bible is about the repair, maintenance, restoration and improvement of old or historic windows made from about 1800 to 1940. With so much misinformation provided by replacement window contractors and vendors, this book aids homeowners, do-it-yourselfers, carpenters, architects, designers, preservation commission members, and anyone in the old-house business make sound decisions about windows. Since most homeowners are unaware of their alternatives, The Window Sash Bible provides an array of options to save money, energy, and historic windows for decades to come.

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Chapters Include

  1. A Brief History of Windows and Glass in North America
  2. Understanding Your Windows: A Piece-by-Piece Description
  3. Basic Repairs, Maintenance, Upgrades, and Restoration
  4. Putty and Glass
  5. Keeping the Weather Out
  6. Typical Carpentry Repairs
  7. Storm Windows, Screens, Temporary Solutions, & Shutters
  8. How to Paint Your Wood Windows
  9. Window Shopping – Selecting Replacement Windows
  10. Health, Safety, and Lead Paint

About the Author

Steve Jordan has been in the old-house repair and restoration business for forty years and has exclusively repaired and restored thousands of windows over the past twelve years. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s Historic Preservation Program and was a contributing editor for Old-House Journal for 17 years.

He was formerly rehab advisor for The Landmark Society of Western New York and an architectural conservator for Bero Architecture. Steve is the author of the award-winning Rehab Rochester: A Sensible Guide for Old-House Maintenance, Repair, and Rehabilitation (The Landmark Society of Western New York, Rochester, NY, 1995) and co-author of Painting Kitchens: How to Choose and Use the Right Paint for Your Kitchen Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Cabinets, Countertops, and Appliances (Quarry Books, Gloucester, MA, 2004). Steve grew up in rural West Tennessee, attended Memphis State University, and now lives and works in Rochester, New York. His goal is to prevent the thoughtless destruction of historic windows by bringing to light their enduring yet often overlooked qualities as compared to the short-term lives of modern replacement windows.

Steve has worked on many distinctive and significant historic sites providing various services including window repairs and consulting, graining and marbling, and condition inspections specifically related to historic building material conservation.

Since 2002, Steve has repaired or restored over 3000 windows, most in ordinary homes built between 1830 and 1960.

The Landmark Society of Western New York is at the forefront of recent accomplishments in improving our shared spaces as the leading voice for preserving our region’s architectural heritage and demonstrating that responsible development practices are the best strategies for securing healthy, livable, and sustainable living for all. However, none of our work would be possible without the support our members provide – indeed, membership giving is the single largest building block of our annual budget.

We hope that as a member in our organization that you have a shared sense of pride in our region’s progress – we simply couldn’t do it without you. Join or renew your membership today!

Supporting membership

Supporting Members receive the following membership benefits:

  • Invitation to The Landmark Society’s Annual Meeting Celebration
  • Free Admission to Stone-Tolan House Site and Ellwanger Garden
    (special events excluded)
  • Subscription to Landmarks Magazine
  • Access to The Wenrich Memorial Library (advance appointment required)
  • Reduced admission for tickets events
  • Priority registration to workshops, tours, and lectures

Supporting Members include:

  • Patron $100
  • Couple/Family $70
  • Government & Non-Profit $50
  • Individual $45
  • Individual Senior $40

premium membership

Premium Members receive all of the benefits of a Supporting Membership (listed below) plus additional benefits, depending on the Premium Membership level:

Pinnacle $2,000+

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 2 Inside Downtown Tour ticket
  • 2 Preservation Conference Tickets

Finial $1,500

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 2 Inside Downtown Tour ticket
  • 1 Preservation Conference Registration

Corinthian $1,000

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 2 Inside Downtown Tour ticket

Keystone $500

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets
  • 1 Inside Downtown Tour ticket

Cornerstone $250

  • 2 House and Garden Tour tickets

Pillar $150

  • 1 House and Garden Tour ticket

agent membership

This membership level is designated for licensed real estate agents in the Western New York Region. There are many benefits that are specifically tailored to realtors and their clients:

  • Free gifts for your clients:
    • 5 – Landmark Society family memberships
    • 5 – Landmark Society House & Garden Tour tickets
  • Recognition by Landmark Society that you are acknowledged as a
    supporter of The Landmark Society—an Agent member card.
  • Priority admission to the next “How to Market Historic Homes Successfully” seminar, at the Hoyt-Potter House, 133 S. Fitzhugh Street.
    • What to expect in the seminar: This seminar—for agents only—is always sold out, because it covers what you need to know to succeed in selling historic houses
    • Evolution of Rochester’s neighborhoods.
    • What Style Is It? 19th and 20th century residential architectural styles in Western New York.
    • Official Landmark Designation: who does it, what are the rules, who are the contacts.
    • Grants, tax credits and economics of Landmark Designation.
    • Old house maintenance & repair.
    • Rochester’s architects.
    • An Introduction to the Landmark Society of Western New York: its mission & projects.
    • How to research your historic house.
    • Discover Rochester’s historic houses and neighborhoods: included are two three-hour tours of selected Rochester neighborhoods, including several designated historic districts (with visits to several private houses).