Little Jewel Boxes
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines Bungalow as a low house, with a broad front porch, having either no upper floor or, upper rooms set in the roof, typically with dormer windows. The term originated in the late seventeenth century from the Hindi – Bangla – meaning “belonging to Bengal.” Bengal was a region in India in that day, but now it is now a part of Bangladesh.
American Ingenuity for the Common Man
The Craftsman bungalow was a simply configured home that incorporated style and affordability. These popular homes began appearing toward the end of the 1800’s and crested in popularity well into the 1930s.
San Diego is full of these historic homes. You will find them in La Mesa, North Park, and Mission Hills – the older neighborhoods. Craftsman kit homes could be ordered through The Sears and Roebuck Catalog, the ones often credited with originating the house in a box. Once a housing kit was delivered, builders would construct it out of all of the precut, premeasured pieces like a giant three-dimensional, jigsaw puzzle.
Late Victorian Change
The term Craftsman, originated from the Arts and Crafts movement when tastes migrated to a more natural, less fussy aesthetic. The High Victorians, who predated this era, had evolved their homes into highly ornate and formal showplaces. The Craftsman was a back to basics movement toward functionality but without sacrificing beauty.