Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Popularity of the Simple Bungalow

It’s hard to visit any neighborhood in the Chicago area without running across at least a few bungalows. Originally used in the Bengal region of Southold bungalow Asia, these homes feature verandas in a low rise structure with one or one and a half stories. The name originated in India, coming from the word bangalo, referring to a house in the Bengal style. The term was first found in English in 1696 describing bungales or hovells in India for English sailors of the East India Company. Later it was used for the spacious homes or official lodgings of officials of the British Raj. The bungalow was a practical choice for India because the overhanging roof provided needed shade and the floor plan was open to allow for the movement of air in the hot climate. Often the doors from the inner rooms were situated to catch the breeze from outside. Until 1906, bungalows were considered summer homes, small cottages by the lake or sea to be used as a retreat.

1900 bungalowThe first American bungalow was designed by Gibbons Preston at Monument Beach in 1879 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Bungalow designs showcased structural simplicity with an efficient use of space and understated style. This style of architecture moved to Britain and later America where it initially had high status and exotic connotations, but changed to refer to the large country or suburban homes built in Arts and Crafts or other Western style large cottages. Later, developers began to use the term for smaller houses. A precursor to the current sustainable movement, architects worked with natural materials like indigenous rock, local woods, and metals like copper and iron. The early simplicity movement called for harmony with nature and careful cataog home

The floor plan clusters the public or common areas on one side of the house with two or three bedrooms on the other. The living room flows into the dining room adjacent to the kitchen. Bungalows often have a full basement and are more expensive to build because they take more area than two story homes due to the larger foundation which needs a larger lot size.

Common features include low-pitch roof lines on a gabled roof, wide overhanging eaves with exposed rafters or decorative brackets under the eaves, and a front porch beneath an extension of the main roof. As with ranch homes, Sears Company and The Aladdin Company 218px-BlackerHouse_7-1-07produced bungalow kits, selling them from catalogs for construction during the turn of the 19th century.

Colonies of bungalows cropped up in the greater New York City area between the 1930s through the 1970s. Used in the Catskill Mountains in the area called the Borscht Belt, the term referred to a cluster of small rental summer homes. The California bungalow was a one-and-a-half story home popular in America from 1910 to 1925. Some popular architects of the California Bungalow are Greene and Greene, Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan.

Chicago bungalows were built between 1910 and 1940. Constructed of brick with decorative accents, one-and-a-half stories and a full basement, this housing style Chicago Bungalowrepresents nearly one-third of Chicago’s single-family housing stock. A primary difference between Chicago bungalows and other types is gables that are parallel to the street rather than perpendicular. Chicago bungalows are relatively narrow, averaging 20 feet wide on a standard 25-foot wide city lot. The porch may be open or partially enclosed. Similar to Chicago, a large number of homes built in Milwaukee are bungalows, but usually with the gable perpendicular to the street and with white stucco on the lower part of the exterior.

You can find more information about bungalows by visiting these sites: Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, About Home, and The Arts & Crafts Society. Information for this post was taken from these sources.


The View from 101 York – April 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

April 5, 2016Granny-Cartoon
Storytelling with Aunt Tillie

Bring your three to five year olds to the Glen Ellyn History Center at 10:30 am to enjoy Aunt Tillie’s stories and tall tales presented by Dr. Maria Bakalis, director of Curtain Up Players productions. The fun begins at 10:30 am at 800 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn. Admission is free and registration is not required.

Quilt ShowApril 6-9, 2016
International Quilt Festival, 2016

Classes begin on April 7 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. The show is free for children under the age of 10. If you are going multiple days, consider the full show pass for $25.

April 17, 2016
Organic Gardening: Maximizing Your Harvestvegetables

Head over to Fullersburg Woods at noon to learn how to get more from your vegetable garden. By using space and timing efficiently, called succession planting, your garden could be better than ever. The class costs $5 per person and is geared for people 15 years and older. Call (630) 850-8112 or register online.

April 28, 2016
Money Smart Week Presentations

Smart Money Week logoThe Plan Ahead to Avoid Social Security Retirement Mistakes seminar will teach you how to maximize your social security retirement benefits, estimate your future benefits and track your earnings. This presentation will take place at Bellwood Library at 600 Bohland Avenue at 7:00 pm.

The Get Organized, Stay Organized and Save Money seminar will show you how staying organized can pay big rewards. This presentation starts at 7:00 pm and will take place at the Helen Plum Library at 110 West Maple Street in Lombard.

April 30, 2016
Lombard’s Lilac Festivallilac-time-1

Visit Lilacia Park and enjoy the beauty of 700 lilacs and 25,000 tulips.  Stroll through the park or take in The Rhythm Rockets at 3:00 pm with vintage Rhythm and Blues of the late 1940s and early 1950s. For more information, call (630) 620-7322 or click here.

art-in-the-parkApril 30 – May 1, 2016
Elmhurst Art in the Park

Art in the Park is a juried show with fine art, crafts and design. It is held rain or shine at Wilder Park and runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. Admission is free to both the show and the adjacent Elmhurst Art Museum for this weekend only.

April 30, 2016
Inaugural STEM-CON

STEM-CON is a free, fun and interactive College of DuPage sponsored event celebrating science, technology, engineering and math. Located on the college’s main campus at 425 Fawell Boulevard in StemconGlen Ellyn, don’t miss the keynote talk, “Reprogramming Your Brain to Master STEM” by internationally recognized former rocket scientist Olympia LePoijnt. After the talk, explore hands-on, interactive demonstrations designed to inform, entertain and spark your interest in topics as wide ranging as Lego robots, nanotechnology, prairie ecology restoration, the study of germs, river system development, a weather balloon launch and the physics of flight with a real airplane on display. The event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Click here for directions.