Lifestyle and Architect Series Windows: A Perfect Fit for Fan District Homes

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Historic homes in The Fan District in Richmond, VA

Pella windows are doors are a great choice for any project. Wood windows, such as our Lifestyle Series and Architect Series lines, are excellent options for projects on older homes. In older cities such as Richmond, VA, the ability to match neighborhood historical standards is imperative.

The Fan District, a Richmond neighborhood brimming with history, has rigorous guidelines to ensure homes maintain their historical look and feel. Most of the neighborhood was built between 1890 and 1920, making the average age of a home in the neighborhood about 100 years old.

There are specific requirements regarding the style, color, pattern and material of any replacement window installed in the Fan.

Fan District Guidelines for Window and Door Patterns:

  • Construct a new building with its façade height and width proportions similar to neighboring historic buildings.
  • Use similar proportions, sizes, locations and numbers of windows as existing neighboring buildings.
  • Install windows and doors in new buildings that are stylistically compatible with those on neighboring historic buildings

Generally, wood windows are the only option for this neighborhood. Vinyl and fiberglass windows are not historically accurate due to their exterior look.

Lifestyle Series and Architect Series windows are ideal for window replacement projects in the Fan. They offer superior noise reduction and energy efficiency — often a dramatic improvement from the outdated windows found in many homes in the Fan. Pella is the only company that can offer top-quality windows that perfectly match the historical standards of the Fan.

Each part of the window is designed to your specifications — color, hardware, finishing and style. If you're looking to replace your windows in a historical neighborhood, or any neighborhood, contact a Pella of Virginia project consultant to get started!

Alexander Sweeney

About The Author

Alex is a Virginia Commonwealth University student studying mass communications with a concentration in strategic advertising. He's originally from Alexandria, Virginia, but now lives full-time in Richmond. His post-graduation goal is to work in an in-house advertising or marketing department. When Alex is not in class or working, you can find him glued to a TV watching sports. 

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