Industry Companies Collaborate to Replace Windows
December 10, 2009
PPG Industries will donate more than 1,900 square feet of Starphire
ultra-clear glass to restore 319 windows at Fallingwater, Frank
Lloyd Wright's architectural masterwork in Mill Run, Pa.
|Photo courtesy of the Western
Pennsylvania Conservancy, Mill Run, PA
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, owner of Fallingwater, said
the five-year project will replace window glass that has become
cloudy and lost its ability to filter ultraviolet (UV) light from
constant exposure to moisture and high humidity at the home's signature
The Starphire glass will be combined with a UV interlayer from
DuPont. TRACO will laminate and assemble the windows. All three
companies are donating their materials and services.
The original windows for Fallingwater, which was built in 1936,
were made from quarter-inch PPG plate glass. They were replaced
in the late 1980s by windows made of laminated PPG glass with a
UV interlayer to protect the house's art and furnishings.
The window replacement project is being financed by a new Window
Legacy Fund established by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
It hopes to raise $500,000 to pay for installation of the new window
glass and to endow future glass replacement projects. Individuals
who donate at least $500 to the fund receive a piece of the actual
Fallingwater window they helped to replace, along with a framed
drawing of the house indentifying the window they endowed. So far,
the fund has raised $150,000.
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