In the spirit of opening windows and taking in a breath of fresh air, seeing through both sides of the window pane, and the lost art of looking up at buildings, architecture has the power to positively influence the way we live and contribute to a better quality of life. Imagine the Schifferdecker tower as a clock tower and the windows are the clocks. If they ever get replaced, that action will leave a mark specific to that era and time. We would still be able to tell the time and read them as clocks (i.e., windows) but something will be “off”. In order to really showcase the look of the building and approach a level of restoration to the period of 1890-1915, windows are as critical as any other detail of the building. It may be time to properly give historic windows credit for all they’ve done for our buildings through the years.
My sincere regards to all prior caretakers of the Schifferdecker house windows.