Crittall windows were originally steel-framed, double-paned, and ultra clear glazed; while Crittall Windows Ltd started the production in earnest in 1884 under the management of Francis Henry Crittall in the Essex town of Braintree, the steel window business was already founded by Francis Berrington Crittall in 1849. By the 1890s the younger Francis Crittall was manufacturing the windows of important British public buildings (e.g. Tower of London) and residences, and they became quite the rage.
[…] windows are that sealed and do not open for internal or external passage of air, contrary to a major reason I selected the topic in the first place. If we seal ourselves from experiencing the outside of our dwelling, whether residence or business, we submit to the tragedy of our contaminated climate. […]
Paul Scheerbart, a German poet who wrote a book on glass architecture, Glasarchitektur, predicted the demise of windows, to the extent that eventually the word would actually disappear from the pages of dictionaries. […]
This first post of our Apertures in the Wall blog highlights the wide range of our subject, in time and geography, by spanning more than 10,000 years of human history and covering both worlds, the Old and the New. We give two pivotal examples: one from prehistory, Çatal Hüyük, and the other […]