Historic Resources Committee
Understanding Window Restoration
The Historic Resources Committee kicks off the new year with a focus on cold, hard sash! Window restoration expert Alison Hardy is our featured speaker as we explore, from a project-management perspective, the differences between window restoration and replacement. The sequence of steps, scope of work, and project scheduling are different; Alison believes that many on-the-job conflicts with architects and contractors can be avoided if everyone understands the specialized process of window preservation.
Alison Hardy is owner of Window Woman of New England, Inc. headquartered in Amesbury, Massachusetts, her company restores windows in the north of Boston/Merrimac Valley region. Window Woman has restored windows for the Crane Estate in Ipswich, the New England Conservatory of Music library, Beverly (Mass.) City Hall, and thousands of other projects large and small. Alison earned a BA from Denison University and an MBA from Boston University—only some of which is useful when scraping paint, she notes. A founding member of the Window Preservation Alliance (WPA), she currently serves as President. The company was featured in the 2011 season of “This Old House” on WGBH. Window Woman of New England and WPA held a “Sash Revival Day” last May (during National Preservation Month) as a way to help homeowners re-learn window puttying skills and to show them how to make their windows safer and more energy-efficient.
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