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Searching for window restoration specialists in the Garden State

July 8, 2009

Can you recommend an exemplary historic  window restoration specialist? PNJ needs your suggestions! In an effort to expand our database of historic building craftsmen, we are searching for New Jersey’s historic window specialists. Sadly,

Historic windows: character-defining elements of historic buildings. Photo courtesy of Flickr user motadacruz.

Historic windows: character-defining elements of historic buildings. Photo courtesy of Flickr user motadacruz.

historic windows are often the “first thing to go” during a maintenance or rehabilitation project, passed off as too expensive or deteriorated to restore. However, windows CAN be restored, saving materials and the building’s historic integrity while helping your pocketbook in the long run. Much is being published about the inherent sustainability of window restoration, and the myths and misinformation being circulated by the replacement window industry.

The trick is simply to find a talented specialist for the job. So share your expertise with us- we want to know who’s restoring New Jersey’s historic windows !

And, if you ARE a historic building architect, restoration specialist, or preservation-oriented contractor, there’s never been a better time to join PNJ’s Building Industry Network! Get the word out about your talents, while helping us save NJ’s historic treasures!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2009 8:46 am


    I encourage you to check out The Durable Restoration Company. We’re headquartered in Columbus, Ohio but we work throughout the Eastern U.S. depending on the size of the project.

    We’ve restored windows on a variety of historic structures ranging from lighthouses, private residences, museums and so on. You can look at some of our projects related specifically to this kind of work here:

    Goodluck with your search and let us know if we can be of assistance.

  2. July 13, 2009 11:24 am

    Two suggestions have come our way:

    Schtiller & Plevy, Inc.
    693-95 South 12th Street
    Newark, NJ 07103
    973.242.4600 973.242.4095 (fax)
    Contacts: Jami Raderman or Larry Plevy

    Femenella & Associates, Inc.
    3 Brighton Court
    Annandale, NJ 08801
    908.437.6147 908.437.0230 (fax)
    Contacts: Art Femenella or Patrick Baldoni

  3. July 30, 2009 9:48 am

    If you encounter any projects with historic wood window, door or architectural woodwork restoration, please keep History Wood and Window Restoration in mind. Nationwide, we self perform these and related specialty historic preservation services at very competitive pricing. We also provide complete historic replicas, preconstruction analysis, design and assessment services as they relate to historic fenestration. Numerous beautifully restored historic landmarks are featured on our website at .

    We specialize in compliance with the DOI/NPS standards on all historic properties, and have an unblemished record of satisfaction with our National Register and National Historic Landmark Clients. We come recommended nationally and internationally by some of the world’s most well respected architects and preservation organizations.

    We are registered with CCR, ORCA, Fedbizopps, the IDEAS business center database and several state historic agencies and have worked closely with those and other private, public and governmental agencies. We are able to comply with your local union, Davis Bacon Wage act, prevailing wage rates and other requirements.

    We’ve authored 3 part specification sections for architects use on DOI/NPS compliant projects, which are available for download on our website. We provide our own in-house engineering, drafting and design services for fenestration and architectural millwork. We also include the ancillary scientific services including digital microscopy for wood species and paint analysis. We provide engineering assistance in energy improvements to historic fenestration and we are an Energy Star Partner.

    Please feel free to visit our website at for more information and examples of our project experience.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Contact us at or by phone at 815-998-2756 with any questions.

    History Construction
    Paul C. Birkett

  4. August 2, 2009 2:41 pm

    Here’s a So Jersey/Philly area recommendation:

  5. Contractors' Millwork, Inc. permalink
    November 25, 2009 11:32 pm

    We are a vintage sash shop in upstate New York using turn of the century window machinery. Our company is currently restoring window sash for The Plumb Bronson House, one of New Yorks “Seven to Save”. You can view us at then go to #2612 Old Woodworking Machines

    Contact Steve or Alden Witham at 518/284-2040.

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