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American Bungalow Magazine


American Bungalow is a quarterly magazine dedicated to homes of the early 20th century, the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement and the bungalow lifestyle. Since issue No. 1 of American Bungalow premiered in the fall of 1990, interest in bungalow architecture and Arts and Crafts-style furnishings, antiques and collectibles has surged.

They seemed to be everywhere. I grew up in a bungalow and later, as I traveled across the country, bungalows were such a part of the American scene that I took them for granted .

But the affordable bungalow once created a civilized existence for the common man in the United States. Its design—governed by the principles of straightforward simplicity and an affinity for the environment and family life—so popularized the bungalow that it soon spread throughout the land. It was a home every American could dream of owning.

Today we see an emerging renewal of interest in this ingeniously simple, uniquely American architectural form.

– John Brinkmann
from “A Letter from the Publisher,”
American Bungalow, Issue No. 1

As with our magazine, American Bungalow Online is your forum for sharing information and experiences and brings you practical ideas for restoration and new products appropriate for your home. We think you’ll enjoy meeting like-minded friends. Welcome to our family.

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78 Table of Contents

78 CoverBungalow Features

A Tribute to the Craftsman 18
By Tim Counts
A Portland, Ore., couple gives pride of place to the craftspeople who created their modern-day classic.

Sense and Sensibility 46
By Trish Oliver
Patience and thoughtful planning bring an old bungalow back to life.

Staying Put in Parkside 62
By Douglas J. Forsyth
A neighborhood beside an Olmsted-designed park in Buffalo has reclaimed its architectural heritage.

Shedding Light on Roycroft Lamps 80
By David Kornacki
In 1913, Roycroft craftsmen began producing elegant metal lighting for the first time.

Living Green in a Historic Chicago BungalowDown on the Urban Farm
Living Green in a Historic
Chicago Bungalow 92
By Kathleen Donohue
In a historic Chicago bungalow, a resourceful couple shows it’s easy being green and living sustainably.

Save a Tree:
Say Goodbye to Your Lawn 102
By Beth Berger Martin
The grass isn’t always greener: the author
and Chicago urban farmer shares the joys
of going lawn-less.

Departments and
Craftsman Resources

A Letter from the Publisher 1

Open House: Letters to the Editor 8
Readers weigh in on Latin, firs, stone houses
and William Morris’s timeless adage.

Family Album 14
From coast to coast, readers share their
pride in their bungalows.

Perspective on Antiques 36
With David Rudd
Buttressed vases, tenons that aren’t,
and more.

New & Noteworthy 40
A selection of Arts and Crafts–inspired
amenities for today’s bungalow lifestyle.

Arts and Crafts Profile
Handwerk Shade Shop 106
Old-world craftsmanship and honest
materials make the difference.

From Our Friends
Buffalo’s Treasures are
Worth Preserving 109
By Aaron Krolikowski

Directory of Advertisers 110

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