Made of brick, cast iron, sheet metal, wood, or stone, these highly decorative elements are actually designed to keep water away from the windows themselves. It is very important to maintain and preserve these distinctive elements. Window hoods are among the most important visual elements of commercial buildings: they are like eyebrows on a face.
Guideline on Window Hoods
Repair existing window hoods.
Replace any missing parts in the same material as the original. Old photographs are excellent sources for finding the missing elements.
When missing, the window hoods can be replicated in sheet metal, fiberglass, or wood.
If the hood cannot be replaced, at least the shape of the window opening should be retained and expressed in brickwork. There are excellent examples of masonry detailing in Stoughton which can be used as precedents when window hoods are missing.