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Matt

Miami, FL

#1 Sep 5, 2015
I attended Towers elementary in 1987. My understanding is that it was originally a hospital during the civil war. I can remember the glass in the windows being thicker at the bottom portion, which is seen in really old glass, since it's a supercooled liquid and flows down over a long period of time.
Matt

Miami, FL

#2 Sep 5, 2015
attended Towers elementary in 1987. My understanding is that it was originally a hospital during the civil war. I can remember the glass in the windows being thicker at the bottom portion, which is seen in really old glass, since it's a supercooled liquid and flows down over a long period of time.
Perfesser

Grantsville, WV

#3 Sep 6, 2015
The idea that glass flows down over a long period of time is an urban legend. Glass is a liquid which has lost it's ability to flow is the accepted definition. Panes of glass in older structures might be slightly thicker at one end, either at the top or bottom, due to less exacting manufacturing technology. The reason most old windows appear thicker at the bottom is that the glazier found that the thicker part of the window fit the lead or wood frame tighter - thereby keeping the water from gathering at the bottom. Sometimes they weren't so conscientious and the thin end was at the bottom. Thin edges can occasionally be found on either side, too, depending on how the glass was cut. If glass did flow it wouldn't just have a thick and thin end - it'd become shorter because the entire pane would flow instead of just becoming thinner at the top and it would take thousands of years instead of just a couple of centuries as with the structure in question.

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