There are occasions where in the adaptive reuse of an historic building it is necessary to make additions to an original design. Triple hung Royal Mahogany windows were designed to fit behind the existing posts and fret work. The result is a pleasing design that maintained the scope and size of the original design. It added new life and vitality to a great Victorian Building.By placing the windows behind the existing porch elements and purposely selecting the heavier elements to the sash, the new windows are in scale. Random pieces of hand drawn glass were used in the glazing to compliment the fabric of the original windows in the rest of the house.
This is a successful adaptive reuse of a historic residence converted to a commercial use. The Southern Mansion is a pleasant place to stay, have breakfast and enjoy Cape May, New Jersey.
A retrospective look at old technology can be interesting. There are very few balance systems that can compete with weights, chains and pulleys for monumental double hung windows. With proper selection of material and well designed weather-stripping, this old technology will outperform and outlast modern replacements.