window with vintage patterned glass
Photo: Nancy Andrews
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No Peeking

Designed to let light stream in while keeping prying eyes out, vintage patterned glass was more commonly used in commercial interiors, such as on office doors, than in residential architecture. In houses, its use was generally limited to areas where privacy was essential, but light desired (as in the transom light above a bathroom door or the windows of basement-level or alley-facing service rooms).
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