Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Shaker Windows

Here is yet another contribution to the growing number of window blogs. Windows seem to be a popular subject for folks who tend to walk around carrying a camera. We were at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village again over the weekend and I began noticing the variety of windows the Shakers had put into their buildings.  Since they were all done in the first half of the nineteenth century, they tend toward multiple panes held together by muntins. The double hung window above is referred to as a "6 over 6" or 6/6.

A 9/9 window.

And a 12/12 window. But windows don't have to be symmetrical.

There were 6/3's,

and 9/6's,

with different combinations on the same building.

The newest building, the 1839 Trustees' Office, even has fancy sidelights on in the windows. Architect/builder Micajah Burnett put everything he had into this building, including the famous spiral staircases seen here.

Even the small windows to let light into basements had variety.

And then there were doors. But that's for another day.


  1. What a delightful post, Jim! Frankly, I don't know how blind I could be, but I'd never noticed! Hmmmmm. Window blocks....Never paid attention. Just goes to show us, doesn't it, that there is much to know about the common things we take for granted. Loved this post. What lessons are embedded in the everyday..


  2. I've always been rather fascinated with windows and doors for some reason. Much of the art work I'm attracted to is an interior view looking out a window or door. Stuck on the inside looking out? Who knows. Regardless, these are some great examples of different windows in you area and it's fun looking at them.

  3. Very different from the windows in Saltaire's houses but still interesting. I wonder what it is about windows and doors that makes them so engaging?