California Bungalows of the Twenties
Henry L. Wilson

Henry L. Wilson: California Bungalows of the Twenties (Dover Publications)

Unabridged Dover (1993) republication of the catalog originally entitled A Short Sketch of the Evolution of the Bungalow, published by Henry L. Wilson, Los Angeles, California, no date [circa 1920's]. 113 halftones. 118 line illustrations. 128pp. 8.125 x 11 inches. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-27507-8.

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In the 1920s, Los Angeles architect Henry L. Wilson, who called himself “The Bungalow Man,” published catalogs of numerous bungalow designs for which he offered to provide full sets of plans and specifications for the sum of ten dollars each. The plans consisted of a foundation and cellar plan, floor plans, four elevations and all necessary details, as well as a complete set of specifications.

This unabridged reprint of a rare Wilson catalog of the period contains front or front-angled elevations, floor plans and interior sketches for dozens of authentic bungalows, many of them unique to the California landscape. Together they provide a broad cross-section of bungalow designs of the region, embodying what Wilson called “artistic beauty and cozy convenience.”

The design descriptions in the catalog point up the special features and possibilities of each house as well as including estimates of costs and other data. For home restorers, preservationists and architectural historians, this rare sourcebook is an invaluable guide to an extraordinarily popular style of domestic architecture during the 1920s.

Cover design by Paul E. Kennedy.

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