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The window in this traditional Victorian bedroom shows DeVenco Brownstone shutters. Brownstone shutters are comprised of Raised Panel flanks and Louvered inner panels. These shutters are manufactured from Pennsylvania Cherry, the most beautiful wood in the world. The panels and the louvers are constructed, in typical Victorian style, with a special small section at the center of the window. DeVenco can replicate these 19th century designs for your Victorian home.

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In Old Virginia The Raised Panel shutter was a very popular window covering offering both privacy and practical protection from the elements as well as security from possible intruders. In Williamsburg the capital building was fitted with the wooden blinds and raised panel shutters. The shutters were used in the evening for security and additional warmth in the winter, while during the daytime the shutters were folded conveniently out of sight into the window jambs, the wooden blinds then being used to deflect the sun.

In Williamsburg c. 1750 George Wythe built a modern brick home in the Classic Georgian Style. Raised panel shutters typical of the period, were used on the windows exclusive of any draperies or valance. The shutters still exist today and still function as they should. The Wythe House shutters were single hung with three raised panel inserts per shutter panel. Today raised panel shutters are most often hung double creating a top half which hinges open separately from the bottom half of the window. The DeVenco shutter hanging hinge will allow the shutters to hinge back completely flat against the wall when open.

DeVenco reproduces this classic window covering in authentic styling. You may choose “Double Hung” or “Single Hung” both of which are architecturally correct. Additionally, multiple inserts may be installed within a single panel creating the Georgian Style such as was used in the classic George Wythe House or other styles such as the “Old Salem” or “3 panel Colonial” design panels shown below.

In New England and other areas in the east it became popular to combine the raised panel shutter with a louvered shutter within a single window. This design most often consisted of 2 louvered panels flanked by 2 raised panels. This gives the elegance of the raised panel and the light availability of the louvers. This design was very popular in New England from the middle 1800’s through the Victorian period and is still seen today in original Brown-stones, Townhouses, and Row Houses. This Raised Panel/ Louver combination was particularly popular in Brownstone Architecture thus the name it has acquired; “Brownstone” style shutters.

Brownstone shutters are comprised of the DeVenco Georgian louver shutter and the Raised Panel shutter. They are often made to fold into the walls bordering the windows. These are called Pocket or Embrasured shutters.

Your DeVenco Raised Panel Shutters will be custom manufactured from your size specifications using any panel configuration you may specify. May we suggest that you sketch your window to scale when designing multiple raised panel inserts in order to properly proportion the sizes before you place your order.

Raised panel shutters are not recommended taller than 74” nor wider than 16” each panel. All shutters are manufactured and assembled strictly according to your specifications. We will paint or stain your shutters exactly to match your sample or we can ship your shutters unfinished, sanded ready for finishing. In either case the shutter panels are fully assembled, hinged and numbered, ready for installation. The cost schedule will give all options for pricing however, if you have window sizes not included in the cost schedule or panel configuration not addressed do not hesitate to call. We are happy to assist by phone. If you have windows which are unusual or other extenuating circumstances please include a sketch or profile of your window and molding. If you have questions regarding the most authentic design for your house or the proper position on the jamb for installation do not hesitate to call. We will offer you the best information we have on the subject.

Our forte is replicating historic designs. We do not manufacture an inexpensive, mass produced, pop-out-of-the-mold, one of six decorator colors, type of product. What we offer is high quality, hand crafted shutters that you will be proud of for years to come; that will be passed on to the next generation and that match as near as possible what the original architect may have specified decades earlier.

Whether you have a new home designed to replicate period architecture or an actual home of period significance, your windows deserve the finest. The windows are often the primary architectural asset of a room. Their treatment is not insignificant to the room or the house. Consider them carefully.


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Embrasured Shutters

Shutters that Fold into Pockets

Embrasured shutters fold into pockets built into the window jamb. This is a clever architectural detail used in the18th and 19th Centuries, which is not seen at all in today's architecture. The brick homes of this period necessarily required a wall of exceptional thickness since the walls were solid brick rather than brick veneer. This wall dimension often exceeded 12 to 14 inches and provided a deep window jamb, which served to conveniently store the shutters when they were hinged in open position. The jambs were actually built with a pocket (embrasure) to receive the shutters and thus to appear almost undetectable at first glance. At night the shutters would fold across the window for privacy and insulation from the elements.

The embrasured shutters of this period were generally of two designs. Raised Panel as shown above or raised panel flanks combined with operable louver inner panels, commonly referred to as "Brownstone" shutters. The combination of the two shutter types allowed for light availability from the operable louvers when the shutters are hinged across the window but the elegance of the raised panel on the sides. The shutters were commonly installed double hung or in two sets, one set for the top sash and one set for the bottom sash. This of course allows the top shutters to hinge open while the lower half remains closed across the window. Alternatively, the shutters may be installed single hung as in the photo above. This is to say a single set of shutters consisting of 4 panels extending the full height of the window. Often the shutters are sub-divided such that there are multiple raised panels within each shutter.


This classic example of Georgian Architecture shows Embrasured Raised Panel Shutters installed within a square pocket. The thickness of the wall is apparent judging from the depth of the window jamb. These shutters are folded into the jambs but at night they will be hinged across the window providing privacy and protection or insulation from the elements.

You may see Embrasured Raised Panel Shutters in The Capital in Williamsburg, Virginia and at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello as well as Boscobel on the Hudson and the Mill’s Mansion in New York.


The jamb embrasures above are splayed or angled outwards. This is to accommodate windows whose shutters are wider that the depth of the window jamb. The angled jamb will serve to conceal the greater width shutter of this wider window. For example, if the thickness of the wall is 12 inches and the window is 52 inches in width, the individual shutter panels will be 13 inches in width. The architect may design splayed jambs to allow the 13-inch wide shutter to fold into the embrasures of a 12-inch deep window jamb.

In many cases for windows of ordinary widths, the jambs are constructed to be square or perpendicular to the window. For example a 36-inch wide window will have 9-inch shutters, which will fold nicely into a 12-inch deep jamb that is constructed square.

This window detail can be adapted to new homes built in the style of old Virginia by utilizing the depth of built-in bookcases or cabinetry as the jamb for embrasures. At DeVenco we can work with your architect or cabinetmaker to design window jambs integrated with the cabinetry to provide shutter embrasures in your new home.



Solid Cherry Pocket Shutters
single hung: window size 32" X 60"

Embrasured Shutters or Pocket Shutters are common in Virginia and northward through New England. This unique and clever carpentry allows for the shutters to fold into a pocket built in the window casing. Typically one finds that pocket shutters are comprised of Raised Panel flanks and Operable Louver inner panels.

These shutters shown at left are single hung but can also be installed as double hung which refers to a seperate hingable top half allowing the bottom half to remain closed while the top half is open.

In the open position the shutters seem to disappear, when closed the shutters appear little different from any shuttered window. Traditionally embrasured shutters are found on masonry buildings with 12 inch thick walls. In today's architecture this deep jamb can be achieved with cabinetry or book shelves on either side of the window.


Double Hung Raised Panel Shutter



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