The Seattle Public Library has digitized their copies of Bungalow Magazine circa 1912 to 1918. The library’s wonderful resource about bungalow architecture in Seattle includes a map of some of the known locations of houses built from the bungalow plan book.
Have you ever wanted to explore the history behind some of Seattle’s unique bungalow homes? This month we launched a new digital collection featuring the iconic Bungalow Magazine that lets you do just that.
Bungalow Magazine was published in Seattle between 1912 and 1918 and features homes constructed in the Puget Sound region and other west coast locales. The founder and editor for the initial years was an entrepreneur named Jud Yoho. Yoho also served as the architect behind some of Bungalow’s featured designs. This magazine popularized the bungalow house form and the aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts Style as it was interpreted in the Northwest. Articles about particular houses in Seattle were regular features as well as measured drawings for inglenooks, sideboards, stools and other furniture. Some issues also include photographs taken by Webster and Stevens, a prominent local photography firm.
These days, issues of Bungalow are hard…
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I love how different cities have different types of typical homes. In Spokane it’s stately brick houses. Whenever I think of typical Seattle houses it’s the wonderful Craftsman style bungalows.
The type of houses in a neighborhood definitely does reflect the time period and the reasons for the growth of that neighborhood. Except for the northwest quadrant of Wedgwood which began to be developed in the 1920s, land in the Wedgwood neighborhood was mostly vacant until after World War Two! Then Wedgwood became known as a post-war neighborhood of young families in small houses with some Cape Cod/Colonial references. Into the 1950s and 1960s, Wedgwood’s houses became Northwest Modern with less exterior design detail and more attention to interior family living spaces. Now we are entering into what I call the “third wave” time period with existing houses being torn down and those boxy two-story townhouse-type structures going up.