Craftsman bungalow wooden window screensCraftsman-style wooden window screens are disappearing fast. This is one of my favorite styles: downward-dropping arrows in lengths cut to form a curve or an angled arch along the bottom. For this picture, the sun made a stronger shadow than I would’ve liked, but I appreciated the novelty of the color scheme. Here, the non-vertical member runs straight across; in other arrowhead styles, there’s an arch there instead. Variations on arrowhead screens are straight across, with arrowheads dropping to a uniform length across the bottom, or arched but with arrows of uniform length. Some styles omit the arrowheads.

Another, simpler style is divided into thirds or fourths vertically, halfway down the length of the screen only. Yet another style has a row of squares ornamenting the top quarter or third of the upper half of the screen. Very occasionally the dividing laths apportion a screen into an all-over nine-over-nine pattern. These are usually found on somewhat later houses.

The first thing some newcomers do is take down the screens and put them out at the curb.Windows in houses of this era are meant to be opened, and screens keep the insects out. The sashes are mostly double-hung, meaning that the top may be dropped down or the buttom may be raised, so that the movement of air can be controlled as the angle of the sun changes or the pevailing winds swing around. Once the screens are disposed of, the windows are usually painted shut, never to open again. People who do this usually enclose or demolish sleeping porches, too.

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