Craftsman Style Beach House

A Craftsman style beach house for the first weekend of summer. At the end of the nineteenth century, there was a turn away from the highly decorative styles of the late Victorian period. Machine-made and mass-produced ornamentation drew particular criticism. A return to a simpler, hand-crafted aesthetic developed as the Craftsman or Arts and Crafts style in response to this criticism.

Although the low-slung bungalow form is the most common Craftsman house, many two-story houses in the style were built as well. Their casual style and simple interior finishes were particularly well suited to the beach. Many Craftsman bungalows and cottages were built at beach resorts in the early 20th century.

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