Palladian Windows

by Matt Goering

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Palladian windows are actually three windows set together with striking results. They are made up of a tall, arched central window that is framed by two thin, rectangular windows at its sides. Adding to their elegance, many Palladian windows are also known for intricate framing or steel work within the window itself. These windows are most often installed over doors and entryways in order to add a touch of flair and class to any structure.

A Little History
These windows are named for the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, who introduced the use of classical architecture to residential settings. The ornate windows carrying his namesake really took off in America in the late 1700's when the Federal style of architecture began to evolve from more traditional colonial styles. Why? Because Americans wanted to be American, not English, right down to how they built their houses. That meant more flamboyant, expressive homes that mirrored America's rebellious new spirit.

Where Are They Now?
Palladian windows got their start with the federal style, and they are still a dominant feature in federal style homes. However, they are now commonly used in many other architectural styles as well, including Georgian, Colonial, Neoclassical and Queen Anne style homes. Anywhere that a little extra panache is desired, a Palladian window fits the bill.

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Talk to an Expert
Because these windows have become so popular across the board, they are available in a huge range of sizes and styles to fit just about any house. Talk to a reputable window installer or contractor about the best fit for your home and revel in the history, tradition and style of Palladian windows.

Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.