commARCH Nov/Dec 2021 Issue - Page 48

Modernized Windows Retain 1920s Aesthetic
Project : Avon Old Farms School Location : Avon , Connecticut Original architect : Theodate Pop Riddle ( 1867-1946 ) Window glazing contractor : Stanley Wiesen , Inc . Glass & Metal Window manufacturer : Winco Window Company Glass fabricator : Vitro Architectural Glass Window finisher : Linetec
Opened in 1927 , the Avon Old Farms boarding school for boys was founded and designed by one of the first licensed female architects in American history , Theodate Pop Riddle . The private school ’ s Cotswold Tudor architectural style follows the form of medieval village structures in England ’ s rural southwestern region . Sometimes referred to as “ storybook style ,” notable features include steep roofs , prominent chimneys , and side-hinged , project-out , divided lite windows .
A century later , the school sought to replace its 100-year-old windows with new aluminum-framed units , a project that was planned and executed over four years during school breaks starting in 2018 and will conclude in 2022 .
Replicating the original windows ’ appearance was simplified with Winco Series 1150S 2-inch fixed and casement units in multiple configurations . These windows have an integral beveled glazing stop and applied muntin grid to simulate the historic look of true divided lites . All aluminum frames , grids , and trim were finished by Linetec using a 70 % PVDF resinbased architectural coating . Using aluminum extrusions from Winco , Stanley Wiesen , Inc . Glass & Metal custom-fabricated some of the school ’ s small , fixed , upper-story windows .
Supporting Avon Old Farms School ’ s goals , high-performance Vitro Solarban 60 glass was used to keep out the damp , cold weather in the winter and manage unwanted solar heat gain during the summer . commARCH // 48