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Architectural Spotlight: MetroABQ Bungalows

Posted by clabqadmin on January 18, 2016
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First created in India, and then imported to California, Bungalow-style homes were built in the MetroABQ by 1910, and continued until the 1930’s. They are usually one-story, or one-story with a half-story gabled roof. Above is a Bungalow from what I call Bungalow Row on 14th St, just south of Central Ave. Notice the classic Half-Timbering turquoise beams crossing the gables, and the former porch–you can still see the columns defining the filled-in porch–which was often screened-in and used as a Sleeping Porch. This home has two prominent front Gables.

Old is New…The typical Bungalow plan has a large living/dining room and kitchen to one side, and a small hall and private living quarters–usually one bathroom and two bedrooms–on the other. Often one part of the home was closed off to save energy, which can make for somewhat compartmentalized living. Luckily, historic Bungalows can evolve nicely with time. The Bungalow at 1108 12th St NW, below, was rehabbed to allow better light into the home. The leaded-glass windows have been replaced with expansive and uninterrupted glass panes, and are topped with functional top-screens to catch the summer breezes.  Inside, the walls have been removed and the ceilings raised, allowing a better concept of open space. The kitchen is open to the living and dining areas now. Further updating the home, another bathroom has been added, bringing it to a two-bedroom/two bath home, reflecting better how people want to live today.

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Above, this 1919(?) Bungalow on 12th Street has classic Bungalow features: elephantine or tapered columns, a prominent triangle Gable with wooden brackets buttressing the overhanging roofline, and a front porch under the main gable.

The Bungalow below, in the Silver Hill Historic Zone, is undergoing a porch renovation, removing 85 years of paint layers and shoring up the tapered wood columns. Almost restored, the porch ceiling has already been painted a traditional light blue, as if you are looking up at the sky while sitting on the porch.

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Below are two good examples of the one-and-a-half-story Bungalows. These two Bungalows can be found on 14th Street. Notice the three windows on the half-floor on each of these homes; the one on the right is called a Dormer.  bungalow-row-two

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