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Crystal Windows Rejuvenate Historic St. Louis Area Building
– New Energy Efficient Windows Used in 120-Year Old Castle Park Apartments Renovation –

FLUSHING, NY, June 25, 2012 – Crystal Window & Door Systems, the national award winning manufacturer, completed earlier this year the shipment of over 1,100 new energy efficient windows for the major rehabilitation of the historic Castle Park Apartments complex in Normandy, MO. The 120-year old building recently celebrated its grand re-opening and now offers 209 units of affordable housing in a truly unique structure. Castle Park Apartments is the latest addition to Crystal’s growing portfolio of impressive historic projects.

Crystal supplied 1,100 new energy efficient aluminum double-hung and picture windows for the major rehabilitation of the historic Castle Park Apartments complex near St. Louis, MO.

The massive castle-like structure was completed in the 1890s as a Catholic sanatorium hospital for the mentally ill. The 200,000-ft2 4-story red brick building, with attic and basement spaces, was originally designed by famous architects Charles Mann and Harvey Ellis. Fittingly situated on a hilltop, a slate roof and numerous turrets and tall spires adorn the châteauesque style edifice. The impressive structure located just outside the city of St. Louis is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Following many decades as a hospital, the property was sold and the building was converted into apartments in 1982. Unfortunately, over the next 25 years many of the units fell into disrepair. In 2007 a Denver-based non-profit affordable housing developer stepped in and began a $27 million acquisition and redevelopment effort. The major rehabilitation called for significant interior and exterior restoration including the installation of new windows. The project’s complex financing included federal and state historic preservation tax credits which required compliance with historic preservation and restoration practices. The project has drawn much general public and trade media attention, including the St. Louis FOX TV News affiliate, the St. Louis Business Journal, and national publication Affordable Housing Finance.


The Series 5000 window boasts AAMA performance ratings of H-HC45 and CW-PG45 and features a heavy-duty frame, tilt-in sashes with custodial latches, equal sightlines and full width anti-drift clip locks on both sashes. The Series 2100 picture window is AAMA rated at FW-HC55, utilizes double strength glass and features a minimal sightline frame to maximize day lighting


The historical nature of the project presented Crystal with some additional requirements and challenges. An exterior applied grid frame was installed around the glass perimeter of each new window sash to replicate the look of an historic putty line glazing bead. On the new picture windows, a 2” applied exterior horizontal muntin was used to mimic the building’s original double-hung windows. Crystal was further challenged to develop special window frame extrusions which eliminated the screen track, as required by the historical specifications. Historical panning finished off the new window installations.


Adding a local touch to the window project, the aluminum window frame material was provided by Crystal’s aluminum extrusion subsidiary in nearby Union, MO and the sale was coordinated by Crystal’s Fenton, MO branch.


The historical nature of the project presented Crystal with some additional requirements and challenges. An exterior applied grid frame was installed around the glass perimeter of each new window sash to replicate the look of an historic putty line glazing bead. On the new picture windows, a 2” applied exterior horizontal muntin was used to mimic the building’s original double-hung windows. Crystal was further challenged to develop special window frame extrusions which eliminated the screen track, as required by the historical specifications. Historical panning finished off the new window installations.


Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 40 manufacturers in North America of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems. Crystal offers a full product line, rapid order-to-delivery times, quality workmanship, innovative product features and outstanding value. Crystal operates branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Crystal is dedicated to practicing "green" environmental initiatives in all aspects of corporate activities. For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300, or visit the website at www.crystalwindows.com.

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