Friday, September 9, 2016 –The Allyn House Windows
We have a souvenir and gift shop in Nauvoo Sis. Johnson likes to go to named The Allyn House. Its real name is Allyn Historic Sash Co.(AHSC). Charles Allen, owner of AHSC , has been making sash, doors, and other items for restoration and historic re-creation projects in Nauvoo and elsewhere since 1975. The uniqueness of his work is centered in using authentic mortise and tenon, square-peg joinery. You don’t see that very much these days. That’s why he was selected to do all of the windows and exterior doors in the reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple, he is that good!
In 1999, Charles Allen, was asked to design, build, finish, and install 134 windows and 7 front doors for the rebuilding of the historic Nauvoo Temple. The project took three years to complete and the Temple was dedicated in June 2002. To give his restoration windows the authentic look so they are indistinguishable from the original 1840’s glass, he uses European mouth-blown cylinder glass. This is how glass panes were made in the 1840’s. Next time you look at the Nauvoo temple, look closely at all of the beautiful windows and doors. Charles Allen’s work is magnificent and spot on authentic.