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American Architecture: The Elements of Craftsman Style Columns

Posted by Holli McRae on 10/3/14 9:30 AM

What it is: Craftsman homes were primarily inspired by the work of two architect brothers — Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene — who worked together in Pasadena, California, at the turn of the 20th century. The Greene brothers were influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement (a reaction against the Industrial Revolution in an effort to promote the work of craftsmen and the handmade over the machine made), as well as by Oriental wooden architecture.

Where to find it: The earliest examples are in Southern California, but thanks to popularization of the style through national periodicals like House Beautiful and Ladies' Home Journal and the subsequent availability of pattern books and kit homes, Craftsman bungalows became the most popular style of small house throughout the country from about 1905 through the 1920s.

Why you'll love it: Like all things that come out of California, there is something distinctively American about this style. Outside there are details galore but inside, there's a simple, wide-open layout that makes the most of typically limited square footage.

Knee braces.These triangular supports are a structural alternative to exposed rafter tails and roof beams. Like beams and rafter tails, they are often decorative and can be added underneath any deep roof eave.

Tell us: Do you appreciate the visible craftsmanship of these homes? Or does it feel like overkill, especially when you now know that so much of the distinguishing characteristics are decorative and only made to look like engineering revealed?

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Fiberglass Columns By Worthington Millwork
After studying art and architectural history in college and honing my journalism skills as a healthcare reporter, I combined my academic and professional lives as a design editor for Cottage Living, then Coastal Living. I'm now a freelance writer and editor and live in Birmingham with my husband, son, and puppy.


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