Easy to Clean Multi-Paned Windows in Federal Style Homes
American's Founding Fathers, eager to create a democracy based on ancient Greek principles, also adapted Greek architecture to many buildings, from commercial and governmental offices to private dwellings. Brick was a cheap, easily-manufactured structural material, and made a fine backdrop for white columns, even small wooden ones like those shown here. There were limits to how big glass could be, so larger glazed areas were divided by wood muntins which not only held the small panes, but created handsome architectural geometry. The black shutters and white aprons and casings look clean against the brick. The windows of this house make a compromise, however. While the muntins give the centuries-old appearance, they are enclosed between the windows' double-paned energy efficient glass, leaving continuous panes for much easier cleaning. Even Thomas Jefferson would be proud of that improvement!