February is here and it is time to celebrate love and two of the greatest men our nation ever knew to hold the office of President. To celebrate the upcoming President’s Day holiday, we are throwing a President’s Day sale to save you even more money right now on your replacement doors and windows here in Louisville.
And since we already took a look at the architecture and windows of George Washington’s time in an earlier story, we though we also might visit the 1800s when Abraham Lincoln was with us.
Abraham Lincoln Era Architecture
With our nation off to a running start and booming by the 1800s, we start to see a lot of different types of architecture pop up around the nation. Of all the different types that were seen, the following three were the most popular and most recognized:
American Foursquare: Recognized by its perfectly square design, the American Foursquare is also known for its unique window grouping.
Cape Cod: The Cape Cod is one of the Colonial-era styles that were still in use in Lincoln’s time. It was a plain rectangle house, with the chimney coming out the center of the roof, as well as a steeply pitched roof. The windows were multi-paned, double-hung windows that usually were covered by shutters.
Greek Revival: These homes were the celebration of excess at the time right before the Civil War broke out. The windows were elongated, with a transom window above the front door. Their most noted feature was the non-fluted columns that were topped with a triangular pediment and continuous frieze.
Abraham Lincoln Era Windows
Window styles during Lincoln’s time depending on the various architecture styles that were used, but the glass making process itself was going through tremendous advances. No longer did homeowners have to settle for blown glass that had a crown in the center for their window glass, they could now get large sheets of thin glass for their windows thanks to the cylinder process of creating glass.
Abraham Lincoln Era Window Treatments
The window treatments in the 1800s started to be for decorative purposes just as much as they were for necessity. Interior shutters, roller shades, as well as more intricate curtains started being put on windows during this time.
The first part of the 1800s also saw the use of tassels, fringe, and tie backs on the curtains themselves. The use of swaged valances also became popular, as well as the return of lace curtains during the Abraham Lincoln era.