These narrow, rectangular one and one-half story houses originated in California during the 1880’s as a reaction to the elaborate decoration of Victorian homes. The style then moved eastward to the Midwest in the early 20th century, where it remained popular through the Great Depression. Bungalows have low-pitched gabled or hipped roofs and small covered porches at the entry. The style became so popular and was so economically accessible that you could order a bungalow kit from Sears and Roebuck catalog; entire neighborhoods of these catalog-ordered homes exist to this day, especially in the Midwest. The name “”bungalow”” had its origins in India, where it indicated a small, thatched home.
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