Editors' Picks: Old-House Glass

On modern homes, window glass seems to serve the single purpose of insulating the home from the outdoors, preferably as efficiently as possible. And while shelter has always been the primary function of glass, in eras past, it served many other roles within a house: framing a perfect view, conferring privacy, adding character.
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This week, we're taking a look back at the many forms and functions of old-house glass, from the inventive ways it's been used to enhance architecture and décor, to a step-by-step primer on saving leaded glass.

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