Say the word “bungalow” and the image of a one-story cottage or cabin comes to mind, and the 20th century idea of affordable housing for the working class.
It was a place just for you and me with a front porch and swing. Gustav Stickley was one of its proponents. His magazine The Craftsman featured actual construction plans for homes that would accommodate the working laborer. These homes can be found throughout the Midwest and West in neighborhoods built after each of the two major world wars.
Practical and beautiful, they are being lovingly restored.
Small is nice. However, one can see in the February 1902 issue of The Craftsman, in an article called “Planning of the Home” by Irene Sargent and the accompanying two-story house design by Henry Wilkinson, that Gustav Stickley already had his eye on larger homes and richer homeowners.
Now say, “Pasadena Bungalow” and what comes to mind are the Greene and Greene masterpieces of American Arts & Crafts design. Two of these homes, the Blacker and Gamble houses were built in the exclusive Oak Knoll neighborhood of Pasadena. A third, the Thorsen home was built in Berkley.
By anyone’s definition, these homes were opulent. The Blacker home for instance, was built in 1907 at a cost of $100,000, almost $3,000,000 in today’s dollars. In the Greene brothers’ design one sees the lofty ambitions of a Swiss chalet, or the low hanging roof and support beams of a Japanese pagoda.
Living along the west coast with its rich traditions of native woods, the Greene brothers incorporated exotic woods in their construction – imported mahogany and teak, and native Lawson cypress and redwood. The Greene brothers were also not shy about designing the interior furnishings of their homes. Not only did they furnish the paneling and wainscoting, stair railings and posts, but also the dining room tables at which the homeowners sat with family and friends.
These pieces are lovingly recreated by Stickley in its Pasadena Bungalow collection. Discover the beauty of the round Thorsen dining table and the modern lines of the Oak Knoll rectangle table. Sit on the recreated Blacker chair or the East Colorado. There are many pieces to choose form.