Different Architectural Styles Found in the St. Louis Area

Archiectural Guide for house styles in St. Louis. Week 1 the Bungalow.

Guide to Residential Architectural Styles

By Diane Eddy-Low, Realtor with Hermann London Group, Maplewood.

Have you ever wondered what architectural style your house fits into or, while out and about, you come across a building or home you like but have a hard time correctly describing it? Well, every house or building has a style. Sometimes it has more than one because of renovations and new, eclectic mixes or the original architect combined styles for their Clients wants or needs.

Over the next few weeks I will blog about one specific style until we get through all 24! I can be reached for any questions at dianeeddylow@gmail.com 314-602-7174

 Week one 1/8/13

 The Bungalow

The Bungalow is a detached house with a low-rise roof that is one or one and a half stories in height with a large verandah or porch across the front of the home. They are usually small in size and usually have a low slopping roof with a dormer built in it for the second story or half story. The origin of the Bungalow comes from India which is house in the Bengal style. The term is found in English from 1696 to describe “bungales” which were the lodgings for English sailors of the East India Company living in India. In America, it was used in the late 19th century for county or suburban houses built in the Arts and Crafts style as an alternative design to the ornate Victorian style.

Next blog will be the Cape Cod.

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James Baer January 08, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I think bungalows are super cool.
RegalT62 January 11, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Interesting! I'm looking forward to reading each week. This may sound like a weird question but, why are almost all the brick houses in the city the same style of two family flat? Is it because of the time period? Or the influence of immigrant and growing working class populations? I know that the brick is almost all the same because it came from the area but always wondered why almost every building looks the same.


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