The American Bungalow
The American Bungalow is a common sight across the country. From small towns in the midwest to the "Old Money" areas of the coasts, bungalow homes were a national phenomenon that defied class boundaries. As a product of the Arts and Crafts movement of the mid-to-late nineteenth century, the bungalow style was an act of architectural reform - an honest and simple antithesis to the frilly gingerbread and formal stuffiness of popular Victorian homes of the period.
Enterprising homebuilders of the early twentieth century, inspired by the likes of Arts & Crafts, Mission and Craftsman style architects like Bernard Maybeck, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Greene brothers, made their own contributions to the bungalow style, and popular kit home catalogs from Radford, Sears, Roebuck & Co., Aladdin, and the Morgan Sash Company featured bungalow plans for the common man. The American Bungalow had gone mainstream.
Furnishing the Bungalow Home
Many bungalow homeowners quickly found themselves with a mismatched home. The beauty, honesty, and simplicity of their new bungalow home seemed to mock the gaudy pretention of their Queene Anne and Rococo furnishings. Arts & Crafts designers such as William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Elbert Hubbard, and Gustav Stickley strove to fill this void with simple designs of honest craftsmanship and beautiful, natural materials. Although their intentions were pure, the intensive hand laboring inherent in many of these pieces warranted prices that were still out of reach for the common man. Original examples by these early masters, and others, can draw a small fortune at auction today. Luckily for us, their aesthetic approach is well understood by many contemporary furniture makers, and quality bungalow furniture reproductions can now be found at reasonable prices. Please use the menu at left for examples of affordable bungalow furniture online.