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LUXFER PRISMS AS A NEW BUILDING MATERIAL

    Luxfer Prisms form a new building material. They do not merely perform the functions of window glass; for the window, as ordinarily supplied with window glass, does not enter into the architectural scheme of the building but may be regarded as an interference with the same, or a necessary evil. With Luxfer Prisms, properly applied, the conditions are entirely reversed. The wall surfaces of the building may be preserved by the use of this material which may become one of the principal ornamental features of the building. An inspection of some of the illustrations in this book will reveal the fact that where Luxfer Prisms have been properly applied, even to the most expensive and ornate buildings, they are found to be a highly ornamental feature in the entire façade. When looked at from the outside they do not have the appearance of glass, for they so lend themselves to the scheme of exterior treatment as to become a part of the whole surface. By the use of the "Iridian" product, a design may be inwrought upon the face of the prism plates in variety and beauty only limited by the capacity of the designer. This design may correspond with the designs worked into the surface of the building and with the style of the entire front so that the window becomes a part of the decorative scheme, in exactly the same manner, and to as great a degree, as any other part entering into its composition. This opens a new field to the artistic designer, and offers a wide range of possibilities to the architect who has heretofore been forced to cut his building to pieces in order to light it, and has been confined to the decoration of the meager wall surfaces around monotonous openings in the walls. When Luxfer Prisms are used as a filling for the window openings, their action and effect is totally different from that of glass. In the first place, they have an appearance of being opaque, with as rich and substantial a surface as any part of the wall of the building. In the next place, when the material used is that which is known as "Iridian," the effect produced by means of the interaction of prisms and pattern is that of prismatic crystal, indescribably
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