Pasadena Bungalow


The word “bungalow” conjures up the image of a one-story cottage by the lake or cabin in the woods. At the turn of the 20th century bungalow was meant to mean 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.

The Craftsman Magazine

Small is nice.

But as one can see in an article called “Planning of the Home” by Irene Sargent and the accompanying two-story house design by Henry Wilkinson, February 1902 issue of The Craftsman, that Gustav Stickley had his eye on larger homes.

Pasadena Bungalow

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.

Blacker House, Pasadena

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.

Greene and Greene

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.


Pasadena Bungalow Collection by Stickley

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.

Oak Knoll table and Blacker chairs

Available at Traditions Home in Wichita and Traditions Furniture in Overland Park.

It’s spring, let’s rock!

“It’s spring, let’s rock!”

An off hand remark I imagine Charles and Henry Green might have jokingly said from the porch of their Bungalow home in Pasadena, California.



Greene and Greene architects

Charles and Henry Greene were brothers, born in Ohio, raised in West Virginia, who studied architecture in St. Louis and Boston, then in 1893 followed Horace Greeley’s advice and headed west to the small town of Pasadena, California.

The architecture firm of Greene & Greene was born. Between 1907 and 1909, their flair for American Arts & Crafts design would reach its zenith  with the construction of the “ultimate bungalows” — one of which is the Gamble House in Pasadena.

Available at Traditions Furniture in Wichita and Overland Park.