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  • Historic Craftsman Bungalow Tile

    Bungalows are a type of residential architecture that was popular across America between 1890 and 1940. Its origins can be traced to the Indian province of Bengal, where the British adapted the native thatch roofs into homes for administrators and as summer retreats. The word Bungalow stems from the Hindi word "bangala," which literally means "in the Bengal style" and refers to a low, thatched house. Bangalas were later refined and popularized and dubbed the Bungalow in California, where the first American version was built by San Francisco architect A. Paige Brown in the early 1890s. Bungalows soon popped up in Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., as investors marketed the affordable and practical homes to the exploding middle class. At...

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