Millwork firm makes new windows for historic train depot

GALENA, Ill. --Working on a project in its own area is always a rewarding experience for Adams Architectural Millwork since they can see the beginning, work in progress, and the end result.

A historic train depot had been repurposed to provide tourist information and was in need of historically accurate storm windows to help insulate the building against the cold winters of the Midwest and protect the primary sash.

Adams’s traditional storm windows are custom made to match the window configuration in their Dubuque, Iowa, shop. Many of the windows have a half round top, for which they needed a template to ensure they would fit correctly when fabricated.

Before: Unprotected primary sash and plexiglass storms

The arch was built with extra material to provide the correct angles for clamping. This enabled Adams to clamp the frame so the mortise and tenon joints are square. The CNC is then used to cut off the excess lumber and create the finished edge.

As the photos show here, Adams can fabricate storm windows both with and without a center bar. These storm windows are built from clear white pine, putty glazed (with the exception of the large picture window which required thicker glass to be held in place with wood stop), and then primed in the Dubuque shop.

Once received, the fit was checked and the storm windows were painted to match the sash. Due to most of the windows being half-round, there was no easy way to use traditional sash hangers. Instead, the contractor fastened the traditional storm windows in place with screws.

Installed storm windows on the train depot.

In addition to storm windows, Adams Architectural Millwork offers many types of storm doors. They offer doors with both screen and storm inserts to make them versatile while maintaining an historically accurate impression. Their doors are constructed of solid wood without finger joints and they can match the design of an existing door, use one of their standard styles, or work with the customer to customize the insert with specialty glass or divided lites.

Adams fabricates historically accurate windows, window sash, storm windows, doors and storm doors. 

Their capabilities include manufacturing custom millwork for homes and buildings across the United States. The company states that it can fabricate products that most large window and door companies will refuse. If you are an architect, contractor, or an owner of a historical building or home who is looking to renovate a property, Adams can assist with architectural millwork needs. See



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