Nuts & Bolts: Transoms

“Transoms”
May 12th & 16th Segment

One telltale sign you are in a historic Nantucket house is the use of interior transoms.  These rectangular shaped windows at the tops of doors are usually found in hallways and between interior rooms.  On-island transoms usually have four panes of glass, and are used to bring more light into a room. If not fixed, they also can be opened for air movement.Transoms help brighten rooms, and are part of what make a Nantucket house historic.