1910s-1930s

Bungalow

1-1.5 stories

The word "bungalow" has its origin in British India, where it was used to describe one-story houses with encircling porches.  In California, where the term was first applied in the U.S., the style referred to small-scale, one-story, Queen Anne-style cottages which were built in great profusion during the 1880s and 1890s.  Gradually the style spread eastward, which is the reverse direction for most house style diffusion.

Bungalows became popular in the small Midwestern towns from the 1910s to 1930s.  These narrow rectangular houses have low-pitched gable or hipped roofs and small front porches, usually enclosed by screens.  Mail-order catalogs, such as Sears and Roebuck, sold floor plans and materials for bungalows throughout the U.S.

bungalow stucco.jpg (33840 bytes)Modest forms of bungalows also have these features:
1-1.5 stories   long, rectangular volumes
ridgepole perpendicular to the street
hipped roofs   small front porches
 
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Bungalows come in many forms, as these 1 and 1.5 story houses show.
 

Created by Jason Coleman, 9 June 1997; last revised on 27 September 2005.