Glass Block windows
I live in a 1936 colonial revival. The partial basement (concrete floor, used as workshop) has windows that look into the back yard. I believe that the original windows were replaced at some point -- current windows are just panes of glass installed with quarter round moulding, which is now rotting out.
I want to replace them, and I was considering using glass block. I did some searching, and google shows me that glass block is a no-no in houses that are actually historic.
But this house was built in the 30s. As best as I can tell, glass block was just starting to be used in residential basements -- it was relatively new building material at that point. Glass block would probably not have been used in my house at this point in time -- but I think it would look cool. My idea is to create a little tension between the period the house was actually built and the colonial revival style. (For example, when I redo the kitchen, I would love to have it look like the original owners decided to install the most modern, streamlined white and chrome kitchen in the 1930s. Sort of a back to the future effect.)
Does this make sense? Functionally, the glass block would be good -- inexpensive, allow lots of light, energy efficient. But would it look completely out of place?