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Origins of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America: The Roycroft Campus

Origins of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America: The Roycroft Campus

This week I traveled to Western New York State for business and while there I was able to spend some time in the Arts & Crafts artisan community of “Roycroft” in East Aurora, just outside of Buffalo.  The Roycroft Campus was founded in the late-1890’s by Elbert Hubbard, who along with Gustav Stickley, is considered...

1917 Quarter-sawn Oak Roll-Top Desk Score on Portland Craigslist!

This week I scored a great deal on craigslist – a beautiful 1917 quarter-sawn oak roll-top desk.  There’s a tag/sticker on it that has July 11, 1917 as the factory date. It also says “Style No. 663-C” and “P. H. Rack” (see below).  I’m not sure if that’s the furniture maker or some other type...
A Pilgrimage to The Gamble House: "The Ultimate Bungalow", Part II: The Interior

A Pilgrimage to The Gamble House: “The Ultimate Bungalow”, Part II: The Interior

In my previous post, A Pilgrimage to The Gamble House: Part I, I walked you through the many breathtaking vantage points that abound on the exterior of The Gamble House.  While the exterior of the house is spectacular – with its incongruity often highlighted and celebrated – it is gracefully contrasted by the interior’s rigorous...
A Pilgrimage to The Gamble House: "The Ultimate Bungalow",  Part I: The Exterior

A Pilgrimage to The Gamble House: “The Ultimate Bungalow”, Part I: The Exterior

Recently I had the good fortune of traveling to Los Angeles for business, and while there I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream – making a pilgrimage to “The Ultimate Bungalow”: The Gamble House in Pasadena, California.  Designed in 1908 by the architectural firm of brothers Charles and Henry Greene, The Gamble House embodies...
Defining The Craftsman Bungalow

Defining The Craftsman Bungalow

This is a great article by Patricia Poore that defines the traditional hallmarks and characteristics of craftsman bungalow homes.  It goes into specifics about interior and exterior design influences and the materials and construction details that distinguish the bungalow aesthetic from other architectural styles.  I have re-posted the opening of the article – to read...
Bungalow Flashback: The Kitchen Restoration At Our Other Bungalow

Bungalow Flashback: The Kitchen Restoration At Our Other Bungalow

The bungalow that we’re currently restoring is actually the second bungalow restoration that we’ve undertaken.  Our first was a 1927 English Cottage style bungalow, also in Portland.  Below is a picture of the finished kitchen… The house was in overall good condition, and while the kitchen was functional, it was rather tired looking and in need...
The Craftsman Bungalow Is On Facebook

The Craftsman Bungalow Is On Facebook

It’s a new year, and in an effort to get the word out about The Craftsman Bungalow (TCB), we have officially started a Facebook page.  You may have already noticed the new Facebook  buttons on all TCB posts (see the one at the top of this post?), and now, after tinkering with it over much...
The H.R. Albee House: An Epic 1912 Portland Estate

The H.R. Albee House: An Epic 1912 Portland Estate

Portland, Oregon is full of old homes of all shapes, sizes and styles, and the Eastside neighborhood of Laurelhurst has been considered a microcosm of such homes since its inception in the early 1900’s.  One of the gems of the neighborhood – if not the entire city – is The H. Russell Albee House which...
Shag-a-delic!  Come On Baby, Let's Do The Twist!!

Shag-a-delic! Come On Baby, Let’s Do The Twist!!

The only room upstairs that still had wall-to-wall carpet in it was our guest room.  Now, this wasn’t just any carpet, but a pea-soup-green shag carpet.   In the right setting – like covering every inch of the back of your Shaggin’ Wagon Van – this carpet would be awesome!  But in our 1917 Craftsman...
Best Old-House Neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon

Best Old-House Neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon

This is a great article written by local Portlander, Bo Sullivan, owner and founder of Arcalus Period Design and Architectural Historian at Rejuvenation.  It originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of Old House Journal.  I have re-posted the opening of the article, but to view the article in its entirety at OldHouseOnline.com, please click...
Stripping The Old Wallpaper in the Upstairs Hallway

Stripping The Old Wallpaper in the Upstairs Hallway

When we moved in, the upstairs hallway had what I’m guessing was a very retro 1940’s-50’s style wallpaper on it that was covering the original plaster walls.  It was in great condition, but didn’t fit in with our vision for the house and had to go. We knew the wallpaper had to be steamed off,...
Where It All Began...

Where It All Began…

To understand what we were dealing with when we initially bought the house, let’s go back to late 2009… This is what the exterior looked like when we first moved in (we have since painted it).  I came to find out later that the house had been for sale earlier in 2009 through a realtor,...
A Few Words About The Craftsman Bungalow

A Few Words About The Craftsman Bungalow

Welcome to The Craftsman Bungalow!  My goal for this site is for it to become a resource for people who love old homes – and more specifically – Arts & Crafts, Craftsman, and Bungalow home enthusiasts.  Hopefully along the way, I’ll learn some things, you’ll learn some things, and knowledge, experience, and inspiration about living...
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