Location: Washington Court House, Ohio

Architect: Elizabeth Murphy of Chambers Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects, Akron, Ohio

General Contractor: The Woda Group, Westerville, Ohio

Dealer: Northern Window & Door, Westerville, Ohio


Clad Epic® Plus Casement and Tilt and Turn Windows

Project Awards

  • Preservation Merit Award
  • Enterprise Green Communities certification for outstanding green building strategy and implementation for affordable housing

Project Overview

This historic building was converted to apartments for senior housing. The windows had to be replaced to ensure modern function while preserving the historical aesthetic. SHPO requirements also had to be considered.

The Washington School project involved adaptive reuse of a 1913 Beaux Arts style building. This turn of the century school is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The building stood three stories tall and in 1938 an Art Deco style annex was added behind the original building.

The building saw its last students in 2009 and stayed vacant for five years. Then the Community Action Commission of Fayette County engaged in conversation with The Woda Group and the school district. They agreed to reuse the building for senior housing, creating 44 apartments. Architects Chambers, Murphy & Burge worked to create an environment accessible to all. The historical essence of the building had to be preserved. But there was also a need to add modern function needed in a senior housing facility. The project was a state historic preservation office (SHPO) with oversight from by the National Parks Conservation Association.

Classrooms were adapted into one- and two-bedroom apartments. Large historic window openings and high ceilings allowed natural light to flow into the spaces.

It was necessary to keep the historic aesthetic while updating the window functionality. All existing windows were removed and replaced with single-hung. As the existing windows were removed, panning was also. Panning is used to cover the perimeters of existing building openings prior to the installation of replacement windows. As the panning was removed, the team discovered that the actual window shapes were different than initially considered.

This required custom sizes for each window. SHPO also requires windows have a five-pound limitation, which relates the force to operate the window. With these considerations in mind, tilt and turn windows were used with pictures above to simulate the look of the original double-hung windows. The size of the mull, or joining of the windows, was larger when joining a picture and tilt and turn in contrast to two windows. Custom horizontal mull coverings and extended sillnose were used to achieve the required historical accuracy.