Distinctive Craftsman Style Windows
The Craftsman style home was a revolution in American architectural design, and houses of this style were built all over the nation between 1905 and 1930. Windows are an important part of the Craftsman style. Often a house features a bank of windows. They are grouped to capture a large amount of natural light, according to Living Places. One popular window arrangement involved a grouping of three windows, specifically a large center window with smaller windows on each side. Frequently the larger window had a row of lights, or small identical panes, above a larger solid pane. For instance, a window that is 3 1/2 feet wide might have four lights (panes) in a row at the top, each measuring 9 inches square separated by three 2-inch wide vertical strips of wood. Another strip of wood would frame them at the bottom of the row, and below that a larger pane of glass would measure 3 1/2 feet across by whatever the remaining length of the window would be. This window would be fixed, or unable to be opened.
Craftsman style windows are mounted to open in a number of different ways. Casement windows, one of the most common styles, have hinges anchoring them on one side and open outward like a door. Some windows on a Craftsman house are fixed and cannot be opened. A few have sliding windows or ones that pivot out from an attachment at a central point on the window’s top and bottom. Finally, some windows have built-in louvered shutters.