If you pass by most older Tucson neighborhoods, chances are you’ll see several Bungalow homes. Maybe, like me, you’ve always been fascinated by these charming houses.
The term Bungalow originated from India. Sometimes called Craftsman or California Bungalow, these homes were popular in the early 20th century in many parts of the country, including Tucson. Part of their popularity was their simple design and ease of construction. The simplicity was a welcome departure from the fussy, complicated Victorian era homes. Sears and other companies sold bungalow kits, which made these homes more accessible to the masses. The broad porches and wide eaves were a great way to deal with the hot summers before air conditioning.
What are some defining characteristics of Bungalows?
- Usually single story
- Large, often tapered, supports holding up a wide front porch
- Gable roof
- House is 3-4 steps above grade
- Double-hung windows
- Wide eaves
- Built-in cabinetry
Bungalows can be found in many neighborhoods, including:
- West University – Blog link
- Sam Hughes – Blog link
- Menlo Park
- Iron Horse
- Rincon Heights
- Jefferson Park
- El Presidio
- Dunbar Springs
- Armory Park –Blog link
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