Replacement and Restoration of the Battery
Exact reproductions of the original glass and
wood windows are being produced at the museum shop.
Late last year, museum carpenter
Ralph Medina began work on an exciting new project to
replace the windows on the exterior of all the rooms
throughout Battery Osgood-Farley. Over the years, many of
the original windows had been damaged due to vandalism, and
exposure to the elements. Many attempts have been made over
they years to produce replica windows with limited success.
The old replica windows and some of the surviving originals
had their glass plains replaced by plywood or painted to
conceal the glass from would be vandals, giving the rooms of
the battery a very dark look from the inside.
The new windows are being constructed using a mix of
original and replacement material and the replacement glass
is about as close as we can find through modern glass
inventory. For security reasons, the new glass is media
blasted in the museum shop prior to installation. This
process allows the light to shine through the glass while at
the same time blocking any direct view of interior rooms. So
far Ralph has managed to complete and mount three out of the
ten sets. During the process, the window sills and frames
are also being restored in a way that is sympathetic to the