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Cost and Performance of Calamine Windows

The performance of 345 historic double hung calamine windows in the 1917 wing of the Massachusetts State House in Boston raised questions about the ability of calamine windows to extend the life of a wood window. The cost of reproducing … Continue reading

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Design Benefits of “Calamine” Windows

Fire resistant, metal clad, “calamine” windows were historically distributed widely among buildings both splendid and utilitarian with certain design benefits.  According to Guild Member Cameron Forbes, of Heather & Little, Limited in Toronto, Ontario, they enabled designers to integrate windows into … Continue reading

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The Calamine Cure for Sick Windows

A century ago, wood windows were first clad in zinc coated or zinc plated steel, with the object of making them fire resistant, and marketed under the trade name “Kalamein”. This name refers to the mineral calamine which furnishes the ore from … Continue reading

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