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The advantage of the venetian blind was that the louvers could shade a room from the sun and screen it from prying eyes but also allow breezes to enter the room.  This ability of louvered shutters to moderate the interior climate of a house while still allowing a room to be shielded from outside observation meant that they were much better adapted to Virginia’s hot, humid climate and culture than solid paneled shutters.


Surviving ca. 1816 shutters from a house built by John Neilson, one of the two carpenters who were responsible for the ca. 1812 changes made to Montpelier.