Adams completes operable oval windows for historic hospital
June 19, 2020 | 3:35 pm CDT

CHICAGO -- A renovation is taking place on the Cook County Hospital, which opened in 1857. Regarded as one of the world's greatest teaching hospitals, this building has housed poor, military (being commandeered for the Army during the Civil War), and the general public during its long tenure.

The photo here shows what the customer provided to Adams Architectural Millwork Co. as templates. Adams then drew the window in their CAD software. These oval windows are fabricated from northern white pine and have nine divided lites (3W-3H). The complete unit is approximately 44 inches wide x 60 inches tall.

What started out as fixed units became a technical challenge for Adams employees. They were up to the challenge and devised a way to utilize the sash and frames that were built to allow for hinges and two types of weatherstrip, to ensure the cold winds off Lake Michigan would stay outside.

This picture above shows the inside of the opening. The window is square on the inside and has a radius on the exterior

Architects, contractors, or owners of historical buildings or homes who are looking to renovate a property can contact Adams Architectural for their architectural millwork needs.

Adams fabricates windows, storm windows, doors and storm doors, including products that most large window and door companies would refuse. Capabilities include manufacturing custom millwork for homes and buildings across the United States. See

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