Re-View was called upon by the architect to assist in the design of the historic wood windows. The existing windows were in poor condition and there were efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the historic structure. Re-View proposed a solution where the existing window frames would be restored and replica window sash would be installed with insulated glass.
Re-View collected parts of the existing window sash during an extensive survey of each window opening to serve as the basis of design for the window replicas. Every dimension and profile of the existing sash were incorporated in our design. The only change that was made was the inclusion of insulated glazing. In addition to collecting information about the window design during our survey, we also measured every opening with lasers to determine precise measurements for the replica window sash.
One complaint that owners of historic windows have is how the sash rattle in the window frame, allowing for air infiltration. Re-View measures every opening from five different vantage points to determine the optimal size for the sash and insure a tight fit so that this will not occur.
The replica window sash were hung within the restored wood window frames by using the existing pulleys and adding to the weights to balance the heavier sash. Re-View used mahogany as the wood for the sash so they will last for many decades. We also designed the multi-lite sash as true-divided-lite so glass can easily be replaced without dismantling the window. The resulting work will guarantee that he library will have windows that will perform for decades.
History of The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York was the first library built under a President’s direction. FDR donated the land because he felt the country needed a depository for the wealth of information collected during his presidency. Built in 1940, the structure was in need of restoration so it could continue to educate visitors on the events of his terms in office.