Ben Franklin took tea in this historic house, the Quincy Homestead, in Quincy, Massachusetts, built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Cleary and Son, Inc. restored the windows that he looked out of to rigorous museum quality standards, as seen in the above photo, replacing hundreds of panes of broken hand blown glass and restoring the windows' plank frames and sills. Matching glass was sourced from Germany, manufactured by a process identical with that used in the colonial period. Not all the damaged glass was replaced as an early resident had etched his or her initials into a single pane using, most likely, a diamond ring.
We executed epoxy and carpentry repairs to the exterior window sills, including reorienting and pegging the plank frames back flush to their original position in the building walls. On this project, we worked with contractor Michael Lange.