In January 2012 Malvaney ask us in the post entitled “When You Absolutely Positively Have to Know What’s a Volute?” to share our favorite definition of a volute. In that spirit I’ll ask y’all to share a definition of the word “Window” along with your favorite Mississippi window. If you have a photo looking in or out of that window share it with us on the Miss Pres Flickr page!
Window: An opening in a wall or roof to let in light or air usually enclosed by a frame that holds a movable sash or sashes fitted with panes of glass.
American Homes; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture by Lester WalkerWindow: An opening in an external wall of a building to admit light and (usually air); usually glazed.
Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture edited by Cyril M. Harris
Window: May have any or all of the following functions: to permit light, to allow ventilation, and to allow outward vision.
House Construction Details by Nelson L. Burbank and Herbert R. PfisterAs always our examples come from the MDAH Historic Resource Inventory Database.
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Ah, sweet…I am a window lover, and photographer of too many windows to count. I have hung windows on the wall before hanging windows on the wall was cool. I love looking out of windows and looking into windows and sitting in windows, and most especially, having an open window. Thanks for a lovely Friday start!
Great! I am glad you share my love of windows. They are such an important feature that speaks volumes not only for the style and integrity of a structure but also about the builder, the end user, and what was occurring inside the building. There is nothing like an open window on a nice day.
So I guess your definition of a window would be…
Something for looking out of and/or looking into, for sitting in, and for having open.
Good definition, TR! And, one of my favorite songwriter/singers, Jesse Coppenbarger on the Jackson scene, recorded a song with one of my favorite lines:
“…but your window is worth looking out from”
If it weren’t for Windows, many folks wouldn’t know how to operate a computer. LOL