New Old Wavy Glass Windows For Charming 45 Lispenard

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Parrett Wood Windows

Lispenard  Street
New York, NY


The grand Renaissance Revival structure that graces the streets of lower Manhattan, known as the Famous Original TRIangle BElow CAnal, is a true gem of the 19th century. This prewar building, constructed between 1895 and 1896, stands proudly with its nine floors and a total of 18 units. Its historical charm and architectural splendor have been preserved throughout the years, providing a glimpse into the past and a link to a bygone era. The windows, in particular, stood as fine examples of this architectural style with the iconic wavy glass popular at the time.

Nestled at the corner of Lispenard, just east of Broadway, this structure showcased the hallmarks of the Renaissance Revival movement.  Large and adorned with the iconic wavy glass characteristic of that epoch, they were a visual delight, evoking a sense of nostalgia and a link to the past. These windows were not merely openings to the outside world; they were portals to history.

The original design of the building allotted two lofts per floor, each graced with these exquisite windows. The undulating glass not only provided an aesthetically pleasing view but also played a vital role in defining the building’s character. Over time, however, the need for renovation and enhancement became apparent. The desire to retain the authenticity of the wavy glass emerged as a paramount objective, and finding a way to blend this authenticity with contemporary advancements became the mission.

During the restoration of an old or historic building, preserving the quaint wavy glass aesthetic need not be sacrificed. It’s entirely feasible to retain this unique vintage look while embracing modern advancements. Specifically, new glass can be seamlessly integrated into Insulated Glazing Units (IGUs), delivering not only the cherished the wavy glass appearance but also improved thermal efficiency and sound insulation. 

Enter the concept of wavy restorer glass within Insulated Glazing Units (IGUs). This innovative approach seamlessly fused the allure of the past with the benefits of the present. It ensured that the timeless wavy glass look was preserved while introducing improved thermal efficiency and soundproofing, meeting the demands of modern living. With their expertise at reproducing historic windows down to the last detail, Parrett Windows was the manufacturer of choice.

This modern meets historical option came as wonderful news to the client, who was initially interested in restoring the old single pane windows in order to preserve the historic look. When the option of incorporating wavy restorer glass within insulated units was presented, the decision-making process was over.

WindowFix was gratified to be a part of the renovation project in this particular unit. We were able to satisfy both the client and Landmarks’ specifications down to the last detail, including duplicating the existing brick molding in the original historic style. 

The project embodied a seamless marriage of heritage and innovation, demonstrating the possibility of merging history with the advancements of today. The Renaissance Revival structure in lower Manhattan emerged as a living testament to this balance, showcasing that preserving the essence of the past is not only feasible but can be enhanced by embracing the technological strides of the present. The blend of old-world charm with contemporary functionality stands as a beacon for the preservation of architectural legacies for generations to come.

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