Shutter Installation complete

Posted in programs & activities, Uncategorized on February 20th, 2012 by flg

All nineteen shutters have been installed—we are finally finished with the blue plastic and the plywood. Apart from the time spent attaching the hardware, which was mostly done off-site, each pair of shutters took about an hour-and-a-half to install and fit—my rough estimate—I only actually timed the work on one window. Anyone who was there and watched the process had to be impressed with the amount of individual fitting required. Especially on the window frames that were original; installation on the new frames required less fitting.

The shutters on the first floor of the main part of the house have three panels, and those on the second story are louvered. This was the traditional pattern for Georgian houses of the period. The Spanish Red color is authentic—we found small areas on a shim under the window frame with that color, had it scanned and analyzed, and matched it exactly. It is probably not a coincidence that several of the other dwellings of the same period in this part of the Delaware Valley also used Spanish Red for windows and shutters.

Kitchen window

Shutter Installation

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5th, 2012 by flg

Installation of the new shutters began early (7 am) Saturday morning and will continue over the next two weekends. There are 18 windows that have shutters, and each pair of shutters took a little over two hours to install. There is a considerable amount of measuring and fitting that is required; wood that’s been exposed to the elements for more than 200 years warps and shrinks, and so each shutter had to be measured for each window opening. Differences as small as 1/8 of an inch might be noticeable and might make a difference in how they fit. The strap hinges, the pintels, the locking bolts—the positioning of all were carefully done. Observing the process was cold, but fascinating. Most visitors will never realize the painstaking care that is taken with such apparently small details.

Two craftsmen, working two-and-a-half hours, install two shutters.