style was a sub-set of the broader Arts & Crafts movement that
was divided into two distinct streams of influence. The first of
these was the British Arts & Crafts, inspired by the earlier
Arts & Crafts movement in Britain. The second was the American
Arts & Crafts, based heavily on rural and vernacular styles
in Britain and Japan as well as Switzerland.
The Craftsman style was more closely related to the American Arts
& Crafts, which matured on the West Coast, particularly in California,
and represented a rejection of the classical inspiration of the
Edwardian. The British Arts & Crafts style tended to be heavier
in appearance, with freer massing and restrained decoration.
What to look for....
- asymmetrical plans
- multiple gable end roofs and dormers
- stucco, shingles, clinker brick, granite, smooth wood trim,
and other natural materials
- rich contrasts in textures and materials American Elements
- expansive low pitched, gable roofs with deep overhanging eaves
- exposed structural elements, such as rafter tails, beams and
- Orientalized California bungalow derived from this style
- some half-timbering carried over from the Tudor style
- bungalows based on this style were typically taller and came
later in Vancouver and Victoria
- roughcast stucco used as the main wall cladding