Why is the Craftsman bungalow everywhere? It’s due to a socialist artist, an entrepreneurial furniture maker, and a real estate movement.
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To anyone who’s been a casual architecture fan (or spent time trawling Airbnb and Zillow), the “Craftsman bungalow” is a familiar term. Today, historic districts around the US celebrate the Craftsman’s beauty. But how did this style of house become so ubiquitous and so beloved?
The above video explores the history of the Craftsman bungalow, from the 1800s Arts & Crafts movement, to its popularization in America, to its commodification in the 1910s and 1920s.
Want to check out “The Craftsman” and Stickley’s Craftsman home plans? Archive.org has a lot of his work, including early issues and home plan catalogs.
Oklahoma Houses by Mail chronicles the detective story of tracking down a kit home in the real world.
Janet Ore provides the humorous history of Seattle Bungalow entrepreneur Jud Yoho, who made Craftsman into a brand.
Kim Hernandez wrote about how the Los Angeles Investment company developed LA with lots of bungalow flair.
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