Historic Architecture Tour

Historic Architectural Tour Map

Terms & Definitions

  1. Bungalow
  2. Colonial Revival
  3. Frame Vernacular
  4. Mediterranean Revival
  5. Neoclassical
  6. Shotgun
  7. Spanish Mission
  8. Tudor Revival
  9. Terms Glossary
The bungalow first appeared in the United States around the turn of the century, an import from southeast Asia, where their low-pitched roof lines, wide overhanging eaves, expansive porches, and bands of windows fitted the tropical climate. California, then Florida, initially adopted the style which quickly became popular throughout the country.

The typical bungalow is small in size and almost exclusively used in residential design. Common traits include tapered porch posts, knee brackets beneath the eaves, and exposed rafters. The bungalow became the popular favorite of middle class urban and small town dwellers who in the early twentieth century began using mortgage loan financing to acquire family homes.