Our historic neighborhoods boast an abundance of well‑designed, thoughtfully preserved bungalow homes. Cozy and simple, they sit nestled within the many other historical European Revival and American forms of architecture. In fact, the bungalow seems to dominate our streets.

But what exactly is a bungalow? Where did it come from? Why do we have so many of them? Our story begins in India during the time of British colonialism. Over time, a simple one‑story, thatched hut was developed as a guest house for travelers. This "bangla," as it was called by the Hinduastani, was surrounded by a wide veranda and long overhanging eaves to protect those inside from the harsh heat and blowing sand. British colonists and visitors took to the simplicity and uniqueness of these huts and eventually brought the "bangla" idea to Britain, much to the delight of their fellow countrymen.

excerpt from
"Why A Bungalow"
by Alice Cotton

(Alice continues to talk about bungalow history, the Arts and Crafts movement, and the ways to identify a bungalow.)

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Article written for the Hollywood Star
December 2001

Illustration by Alice Cotton
from When Buildings Speak: Stories Told by Oregon's Historical Architecture