1880's Brick Rowhouse Bay Window Restoration - Fine Homebuilding

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1880's Brick Rowhouse Bay Window Restoration

comments (2) September 10th, 2010 in Project Gallery
mbrown795 mbrown795, member

Bay window after restoration
Bay window before
Bay window after but before painting
Bay window after
Bay window after
Bay window after restorationClick To Enlarge

Bay window after restoration


My brick rowhouse was built in the late 1880's and is located in Jersey City NJ, just outside Manhattan. After decades of exposure to the elements the woodwork on the bay window had rotted and then was covered with vinyl siding by previous owners.  We carefully removed the old siding, rotted wood and unsalvagable parts of the window.  After the deconstruction, we were left with about 10% of the original trim - the corbels and details at the very top of the window which had been sheltered from the rain.  The trim details were designed with the help of some photos of the house from the 1930's uncovered in the city hall archives and by integrating some features of other bay windows in the area.  I'm very happy with the finished job and enjoyed recreating a bit of 19th Century craftmanship which brought back a lot of the character to the building exterior. Next job is to repoint the bricks and restore the upper windows and cornice to match the new/old bay window!


Design or Plan used: My own design
posted in: Project Gallery, finish carpentry, restorations, windows, siding, outdoor spaces, paint, victorian, restoration, historic, jersey city, brownstone, bay window, rowhouse, brick townhouse

Comments (2)

DanMorrison DanMorrison writes: Nice work mbrown
Posted: 3:35 pm on September 15th

clarkatron clarkatron writes: Beautiful.
Posted: 3:08 pm on September 14th

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