At the time, Gossips made an appeal to readers for a historic picture of the building, which could guide the decision about what windows would be appropriate for the building by establishing what the original windows looked like. Nothing came of that appeal, and the HPC ended up approving a configuration for the new windows based on a not-too-clear photograph of the building taken in 1985 when all the buildings in the Hudson Historic District were being inventoried for National Register designation.
Today, remarkably, Gossips received a response to the appeal made six months ago. Walter Ritchie sent a detail, taken with his cell phone, from a photograph he discovered recently in the History Room of the Hudson Area Library. The original is a "panoramic" photograph of the 700 block of Warren Street taken at the beginning of the 20th century (1900-1910).
The hundred-year-old picture shows quite clearly that the front facing windows in the oriel at 721 Warren Street were always large single plates of glass. (There are white shades in the windows; the upper one fully drawn, the lower one partially drawn.) The windows at the sides were double hung sash, also without division. The picture shows, too, that the top window at the side of the oriel was originally arched, like the front window, but that detail has been lost over time.
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