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.

Greene Greene’s William T. Bolton House: A Journey of Restoration Through The Years

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The William T. Bolton House in Pasadena, California is a prime example of Charles and Henry Greene’s early emerging California Arts & Crafts aesthetic.  Taking its name from the prominent physician who commissioned it in 1906, the home predates Greene & Greene’s larger commissions – i...

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The Craftsman Spotlight: Caledonia Studios, Making History One Piece At A Time

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Having grown up in Pasadena, Tedd Colt’s obsession with Arts & Crafts furniture and architecture was inevitable.  So it’s no surprise that he pursued a path in the arts that led to him founding Caledonia Studios in Oakland, California, a small company dedicated to building the finest handmade Arts...

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Bernard Maybeck’s Boke House: American Bungalow Article

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The Fall 2014 issue of American Bungalow is currently available on newsstands and also digitally, and my article about the restoration of Bernard Maybeck’s Boke House can be found on page 28.

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Beach Bungalows (and Memories) on the Jersey Shore

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As far back as I can remember, my family has been vacationing on a beautifully quaint barrier island in New Jersey known as Long Beach Island, or simply LBI.  After spending a week or two there just about every summer from birth through my early teens, some of my fondest childhood memories...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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