At the end of the nineteenth century, there was a turn away from the highly elaborate styles of the late Victorian period. Machine-made and mass-produced ornamentation drew particular criticism, and a return to a simpler, hand-crafted aesthetic developed.
In architecture, the movement found expression in several types of houses that were built in great numbers in all parts of the nation. The low-slung Bungalow form came into wide use after 1900 and was enormously popular. Loosely based on, and named for, a type of dwelling in India, the Bungalow was a very popular catalog house style. They were built in a wide range of materials, with discernible regional preferences. This example is a classic Craftsman style bungalow.
This example has a really wonderful porch with a shingled knee wall and tapered piers typical of the style and sexy curves that take it to another level. Talk about curb appeal!
Craftsman is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. Understanding the style of your house is the first step toward a good restoration.
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