Moderne Home: Metal Framed Windows
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image 1One of the most recognizable features of a Moderne style home was the curved windows. The “sun-trap” windows allowed as much sunlight into a room as possible.

Crittall, a company based in Braintree, was a manufacturer that is strongly identified with these windows. Hugely successful after the First World War when there was a demand for a new window that was low-cost and strong to handle the large sheets of glass that created that airy feel.

Steel windows cannot be replicated by aluminium, timber or plastic due to the fact that steel is a very strong material and hence the frame of the window can be a lot more slender than the alternatives, thus maximizing daylight by incorporating greater areas of glazing. Anglia Fixing - Crittal Homelight

Wrought iron, cast iron or mild steel have been used to make metal windows but it would probably been mild steel in the 1920's and 1930's houses. If Metal windows are well looked after they can last for centuries but with neglect, salt air and lack of protection rust and corrosion can set in. With the introduction of Galvanized metal in the 1950's, windows were dip coated into a solution that created a tough silvery finish that could be painted.




Spon's Architects' and Builders' Price Book

The Art Deco House

Miller's 20th-century Design Buyer's Guide


Iron Window Products

Edward Haes: Windows & Accessories

Crittal Sun Trap Windows: Salvo Web

The Heritage Window Company

Anglia Fixing - Crittal Homelight


Care of Iron Windows

Restoring and Refitting Iron Windows

Metal Windows: The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Care of aluminium window frames: Bricks and Brass

Minor repairs metal work

Replacing Victorian cast iron skylights: Building Talk

The Traditional House Under Threat?: Windows

History of metal windows By Peter Clement

Useful Research Websites

Ruislip Manor Homes

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides


Useful Links to Articles

Design Styles- Architecture, interiors and furnishings: Dezignare

1930s and Art Deco Fireplaces


Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum

How To Repair Brickwork- Youtube


Art Deco House Style

Understanding the Edwardian and Inter-War Houses

Thirtiestyle: Home Decoration








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