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Window Trends in the Midwest

5/1/2015 2:59:35 PM

As is the trend with many architectural styles, Mission and Craftsman style homes, which were born in the Midwest, made their way across the country. However, while Prairie style homes are certainly not limited to the Midwest, they are still found most prominently in this region. Whether you live in a Prairie style home or not, you can find inspiration from the architecture to help you choose which windows to install in your Midwest home.

Originally showcased by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois, Prairie style homes mirror the environment around them. The flat expanse of the Midwest is reflected in the clean, straight lines of Prairie style homes. Geometric shapes abound, so straight window lines are a must.

Consider these most popular window types and shapes to incorporate into a Midwest home renovation.

Popular Midwest Window Types


This is the most popular type of window installed in Midwest homes. Casements swing outward from hinges mounted to either the right or left side. A crank on the interior facilitates easy opening in hard-to-reach places. Casements are praised for their high level of security and ability to entice a breeze to enter.


This is another standard in Midwest homes. Prairie style awning windows are vertically proportioned and difficult to tell from casement windows when they’re closed. They swing outward like casements, except the hinges are on the top rather than the side.


Another option is the double-hung window with two panes stacked vertically. Both sashes are operable, making this an ideal choice for a child’s bedroom where ventilation is desired, but safety is a concern.

Popular Midwest Window Shapes and Trends

Window Combinations

Single window units are rare in Midwest homes where windows are often treated as an expansive, decorative feature. This is why many casements have transom windows above them. Three or more windows are also often lined up to allow as much natural light to enter as possible. Sometimes the middle window is a larger picture window flanked by two casements. The popular trend of art glass is also more impressive when a long string of casement and transom windows are situated side-by-side.

Prairie Grille Pattern

The quintessential Prairie style home has notable grille patterns running around the edges of the window pane. Two vertical grilles and two horizontal grilles leave 4-inch squares of visible glass in each corner. Of course, it’s perfectly acceptable to have some windows with grilles and others without. In double-hung windows, the grille pattern should only be used in the upper sash.

Colonnade Art Glass

Accent transom windows and patio doors are most likely to have art glass, which add beauty and interest to Prairie style homes in the Midwest.

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