Bungalow 1910 - 1940
The standard Bungalow is square or rectangular in plan, one-and-a-half
stories high, with a low pitched gable or jerkin-head (clipped gable)
roof, wide roof overhangs and gable or jerkin-head roofed front porch. A shed, gable, or jerkin-head roof dormer is also a common feature. Houses may be faced in brick, wood siding, or stone. The first floor is
often brick or stone with wood shingles or clapboards in the gables.
Another variation is a first floor sided in wood with a stuccoed upper
floor. Exposed rafters and battered (tapered) porch supports are
characteristic. Typical paint colors are brown, tan, terra cotta, white,
gray, and muted greens.
Bungalows first appeared in California inthe 1890s. They evolved from the California Craftsman movement, which
sought to preserve simplicity and craftsmanship in architecture. The
Bungalow style was influenced by other styles including Shingle, Stick,
Swiss Chalet, and Spanish Colonial. The small but adequate Bungalow
answered a growing need for low-cost housing and was popular in all
parts of the country.
By 1910, the Bungalow style had reached
Cincinnati, where it is now one of the most prevalent types of houses.
It is particularly common in areas that experienced rapid growth between
1910 and 1940. Pleasant Ridge, Westwood, and Oakley are among
neighborhoods with large concentrations of Bungalows.
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