The Vintage Homes: Craftsman


The American Arts and Crafts movement was the impetus for the American Craftsman architectural style that began in the early 1900s and remained popular into the 1930s. The style was known for its sturdy look, clean lines and use of natural, handcrafted materials like wood, glass and metal. The name Craftsman derived from a popular magazine called The Craftsman, which was founded in 1901 by Gustav Stickley. Frank Lloyd Wright, who was one of the Craftsman style’s biggest proponents, would later become one of the originators of an outgrowth of the Craftsman style known as the Prairie School.

The terms ‘Craftsman’ and ‘Bungalow’ are often used interchangeably because of the Craftsman Bungalow. In fact, Craftsman style homes include the Bungalow as well as the Clipped Gabled Craftsman, Cottage Style Craftsman and Colonial Craftsman. Although most Craftsman houses are indeed bungalows, not all bungalows are Craftsman style. Common Craftsman features include low-pitched roof lines, deeply overhanging eaves, exposed rafters, front porches and handcrafted stone or woodwork. You’ll find many Craftsman homes in Denver neighborhoods like Berkeley, Congress Park, Country Club, Highlands, Mayfair, Park Hill, Platt Park, Washington Park.