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p.s. I would post photos of I could figure out how to load them onto there from a j.peg
You may email me your images, as jpegs, and I will place them here (or send you links so you may post them as you wish, which is the easy part).
One question readers will likely have is, what sort of interior finish was the house supplied with when new---or, more critically, what was the designer's intent as far as you know---and what finishes did you find when you acquired the residence ...
You may want to reach out to John Waters at the FLW Building Conservancy as well. He is the Conservancy's Preservation Programs Manager and is always happy to speak homeowners like you and me to discuss preservation efforts...he knows a lot of people in the preservation world and has seen many ways to address different situations.
Owner/Restorer/& very happy to live in and pull weeds at the J. A. Sweeton House, Cherry Hill, NJ
John can be reached via the FLWBC main line 312.663.5500
There is some evidence of wetting of the sash---but not of the sills, as far as I can see. The sash is absorbing condensation which coats the inside of the glass, in winter. One purpose of storm sash is to prevent this condensation.
It appears that you may be getting condensation on the inside of the art glass (not unusual) so you may want to consider purchasing INDOWS interior storms to place inside the windows during the winter months - the interior storms will help with the heating bills too!
I always recommend the use of tung oil (http://www.sutherlandwelles.com) for interior wood finishes, even though its different from Wright's original interior specifications. Tung oil restores the wood and provides protection over time. Feel free to call the president of the company, Mary Goderwis, and ask which products would work best - she is a big fan of FLW and is extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
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As such, I don't know that I'd worry about the present finish (or lack thereof) on the interior trim. Oiling couldn't hurt; how often would it want to be renewed, in a high-UV area with above-
average temperature swings ? If the wood remains dry, leaving it alone would be the simplest solution. I defer to the architects, in any event.
It can't be denied that a film finish of any sort will make dusting easier, to say the least, and make spills easier to clean as well. Water standing on a film finish,
however, can get through and make spots---light-colored marks that require certain remedies to correct (mayonnaise is a popular one, believe it or not).
We do have some storm windows in the study of the room which were custom made, but we will have condensation that builds up in-between from what I can remember. Is that normal? I am a CA girl and I have never seen temp. swings like there is in KY. Apparently we have the most freeze and thaws out of any state in the country. Lucky us.
I will send Stephen a photo of the current storm windows in the study for an example.