Georgian windows in the centre of York give an impression
of height, but also make a social statement: the Window
Tax of meant that many households blocked up their windows
to avoid the tax.
The Mansion House in St Helen's Square, York is the Mayor's
official residence during their year of office.
grand Georgian building was completed in 1735, and in its
completion, York preceded London in having a specific residence
for the Mayor.
smaller sash windows towards the top of the building are characteristic
of Georgian buildings and performed a social purpose as well
as an aesthetic one; in a grand building like this, servants
occupied the small-windowed rooms at the top of the house
while the family occupied the lower rooms with larger windows.
style was mimicked in houses which coud not afford
servants too. As well as an impression of height which was
given by the sense of perspective, having smaller windows
higher up also suggested that the household could afford servants,
whether they could or not.
large number of windows in a building like the Mansion House
also indicated a great deal of wealth, for in this period
Tax was introduced and many less welathy households
succumbed to blocking up their windows and other methods,
to avoid paying the tax.