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Window Restoration

New, historically accurate windows are being installed to meet the National Parks Service guidelines for historical renovation.

But what exactly is historically accurate?

It is a set of rules to follow when tasked with renovating a registered historical place.

It includes a conglomeration of specific colors to chose from, trim and doors matching the originals, and textures, all to retain historical character. This sometimes involves reconstructing non-surviving pieces but always repairing existing historical objects.

None of this goes unnoticed, though. Throughout and after the project, photos must be submitted for approval, where, in the case of our windows, said approval took 16 months.

But why?

It is not just a simple window to be approved. Many parts of new windows meet the 2015 energy code for energy efficiency, but are not historically accurate. The number of window panes affects approval as well.

“The final piece was award of a certificate of appropriateness from the City of Denison Downtown Board certifying that our window replacement met historical guidelines. We have now achieved city, state and federal blessing.” says building owner, Josh Massey.


Please scroll down to see The RailYard’s original window trim photo collection.

If you also own a building on Main Street, did you have to recreate your historical windows? Go back with the same color? Painted or stained wood? Same thickness? It definitely helps to have old photos from when we demo’d here and the project manager wrapped up AND labeled all the window sill trim AND which side of the building it came from.

We are currently rebuilding our trim and have some masons breaking through the northeast wall to make new windows for the four bedroom, 2,500 sq ft loft.

Can’t wait to show you the finished product here at 507 W Main!


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