IT’S BEEN 163 YEARS. IT MIGHT BE ABOUT TIME TO REPAIR THE WINDOWS…

As a home to 63 family members, slaves and servants since 1852 and as a museum for countless touring visitors since 1973, the Mallory-Neely House is now 163 years old and is ready for a window face lift.
SO, WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT THE WINDOWS?
Lots of things. Windows provide a visual connection to the outside world. They also give architectural character to a building – which is especially true in the case of the array of beautiful and prominent windows at Mallory-Neely.
Most importantly, though, when windows are working correctly, they bring in light, fresh air and ventilation when needed. They keep the house dry during wet weather, cool in the summer and warm during the colder months.
But warped or rotted wood, loose joints and putty, and cracked or missing glass can bring in undesired rain, moisture, and insects. Faulty or absent mechanical pieces and hardware mean the windows may even be inoperable, leaving the windows useless for opening and closing.
Take a look at a few of our windows that need repair in the photos at the bottom of the page, and you’ll notice the shape they’re in.
Our windows are receiving their much-needed dose of repair from the City of Memphis’ Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and you can follow the progress of the project right here during the coming months. The window repair project is the second CIP project for Mallory-Neely. The first was the installation of a Canadian slate roof in 2012, which not only preserved historic character, but also kept our house happy and healthy by keeping the weather outside where it’s supposed to be. CIP’s are a great thing!
SO, WHAT WILL OUR WINDOW REPAIR PROJECT GIVE THE CITIZENS OF MEMPHIS AND ITS VISITORS?
NEWLY REPAIRED WINDOWS. They will keep the weather out, the paint on, and the wood healthy – which in turn will keep the house
in sound condition.
HISTORICALLY ACCURATE WINDOWS. The repair process we are using will
preserve the historic authenticity of each entire window – the wood, glass, mechanical parts and the hardware, as well as the original design of each window in the house.
PRESERVED HISTORY. This is our favorite part! The standardized process and care we are taking to repair these windows is helping to ensure that the Mallory-Neely House will continue to be one of the true historic treasures of Memphis for another 163 years, passing on our city’s heritage for your great-great grandchildren and their children to experience.
Stay tuned. This is just the beginning. During the months ahead, here are a few things you will learn about in our Journal posts:
 Historic preservation
 Types of windows and how they work
 The purpose and importance of windows
 The process involved in preserving historic wooden windows
 The many fascinating details of behind-the-scene preparations
 The progress of our project
Remember, Mallory-Neely IS OPEN FOR TOURS during the course of our project. Come visit. Bring your friends and family to take a tour of past Memphis!

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