The Craftsman Bungalow

Welcome to The Craftsman Bungalow! (formerly This Old Bungalow)  My goal for this site is for it to become a resource for people who love old homes - and more specifically - Arts & Crafts, Craftsman, and Bungalow home enthusiasts.
As a starting point, I’m going to be chronicling the house (pictured above) that my wife and I are currently restoring - or maybe more appropriately… resurrecting - a Craftsman Bungalow in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.  I’ll also be recounting some of the restoration projects we completed at our previous home.  
Hopefully along the way, I’ll learn some things, you’ll learn some things, and knowledge, experience, and inspiration about restoring old homes will be shared and gained.

San Diego’s Marston House: An Arts Crafts Landmark Hidden in Plain Sight

Authors: The Craftsman Bungalow

Known as “San Diego’s First Citizen,” George W. Marston (1850-1946) was a successful self-made businessman, civic leader and philanthropist, who, among other things, played a pivotal role in the early development of the city’s wildly popular park system and public library, often spending...

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A Tale of Two Owners: American Bungalow Feature Article and Profile

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My latest two articles for American Bungalow magazine are in the current Summer 2014 issue!  The first article, entitled A Tale of Two Owners, chronicles the decade-long restoration by Steve and Deb Moskowitz of a grand 1909 craftsman home (below) in Portland’s historic Irvington neighborhood, and the...

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The Architectural Heritage Center’s 16th Annual Portland Kitchen Revival Tour 2014

Authors: The Craftsman Bungalow

The Architectural Heritage Center’s Portland Kitchen Revival Tour is one of my favorite days of the year, and this year’s 16th annual edition was again full of beautiful homes, whose kitchen – and in most cases much more – have been impeccably restored to reflect the home’s original...

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The Craftsman Spotlight: Untold LA: A First Hand Look at The Rebirth of West Adams

Authors: The Craftsman Bungalow

When photographer Jett Loe came to Los Angeles in 2012 in search of a home for he and his wife, he was amazed at what he found – hiding in plain sight.  Almost by accident, Loe stumbled upon West Adams, a once forgotten central Los Angeles enclave located halfway between Downtown LA and Santa Monica, full of...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park, Illinois Designs: The Prairie Period 1900-1913

Authors: The Craftsman Bungalow

This article is Part Two of a two part series highlighting the homes that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in Oak Park, Illinois during the years 1900 to 1913.  Part One focused on his transition to the Prairie Style and the Oak Park homes he designed from 1889-1899.

During the years of 1889 to 1899, Frank Lloyd Wright’s s...

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Wharton Esherick: Integrating Life, Art Craft: American Bungalow Cover Article

Authors: The Craftsman Bungalow

The Spring 2014 issue of American Bungalow is out now, and I’m very excited that my article entitled, “Wharton Esherick: Integrating Life, Art and Craft” made the cover!  If you’re not a subscriber or haven’t received your copy yet, you can read the article here.

Photography by Alexander

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park, Illinois Designs: The First Decade 1889-1899

Authors: The Craftsman Bungalow

Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked in Oak Park, Illinois from 1889 to 1909, and during that time, he designed hundreds of buildings and developed the ground-breaking Prairie Style for which he is universally known.  The homes he designed during this early prolific phase of his career span the creative spectrum of...

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The Craftsman Spotlight: The 27th Annual Grove Park Inn Arts Crafts Conference

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The 2014 Poster by Tom Bojanowski

This February 21-23, the eyes of the Arts & Crafts community will once again be focused on Asheville, North Carolina, as this year marks the 27th consecutive year of the National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn.

“It has been a perfect match,” explains...

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Westwood Park: A Vast Bungalow Enclave in Victorian San Francisco

Authors: The Craftsman Bungalow

San Francisco is well known for its abundance of elegant Victorian architecture, but tucked away among the tens of thousands of Victorians, there exists a small enclave full of hundreds of charming bungalows.  Westwood Park, located just south of Mount Davidson, was originally a grove of tall eucalyptus trees –...

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines: An Architectural Homage to Greene Greene

Authors: The Craftsman Bungalow

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see an authentic Greene & Greene-designed home up close, then a visit to The Lodge at Torrey Pines might be the next best thing.  Taking its design cues from two of the Greenes’ most iconic “ultimate bungalows,” The Blacker House (1907) and The Gamble...

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