The large copings found in these surrounds, plus the side blocking, label moulding caps, large mullions, and large sills all work together to emphasize the beautiful glazed “lights” or windows found in structures. Windows were prized in medieval England, France, Italy and glazed rectangular and diamond patterns of glass were (and are) hallmarks of the architecture of the period.
These heavy stone surrounds also tied these architectural elements to others found of the same material (limestone typically) – namely door surrounds, watertable string courses, gable caps, quoins, and other popular implements of the period.
These window surrounds found in medieval England, France, Italy – and many times even in Tudor Revival houses of the 1840’s and in the 1920’s (in United States) – have “full” mullions – meaning that the surround acts as the entire structure/frame of the window from outside to inside the house and is the actual frame or jamb of the operable casement window itself.
These “full” mullions allow for these wonderful structures to add architectural detail and wonderful stone accents to both the exterior and interior of the home.
Our structures are many times enhanced by wonderful steel windows that add a narrow sight-line window frame within the surround allowing the glass to take center stage – framed by the warm tone of the stone mullions.