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Old 02-18-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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Similar to Craftsman, but built in 1900?

This house for sale is listed as "Craftsman style," but it's in a small coastal town in Northern California, and it's also listed as having been built in 1900... I thought that both of these things couldn't possibly be true -- either the date or the style has to be wrong, right? Would the Craftsman style have found its way to remote Humboldt County in 1900? What would ya'all classify this as? It's next door to a more classic Craftsman, which has a wide porch with HUGE tapering stone columns, a beautiful chimney, and some really pretty windows. This is in an area of mostly Craftsmans and Queen Anne Victorians, so it looks a little drab in comparison, but I thought with some contrasting paint in more appropriate colors, it could be quite charming... Any ideas on the style?


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Old 02-18-2011, 10:00 PM   #2
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It certainly fits the description to a tee. Large overhangs, exposed beams under the eves, porch under the main roof, multidirectional gables. What more are you looking for?


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Old 02-18-2011, 10:14 PM   #3
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Thanks, Jim! I looked at the property with someone who was very skeptical of it having been built in 1900. It does seem really early for a Craftsman (doesn't it?), but the style definitely appears to fit.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:23 PM   #4
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It is an Arts and Crafts bungalow. A very popular style all over the US from about 1900 to about 1925 or so. True Craftsman have many of the same elements but tend to be larger and fancier - (stained glass, leaded windows, 2 stories etc). Looks like it would make a nice home.

Edit: The Arts and Crafts movement (of which Craftsman was style) was a period of simpler hand-made designs in response to the ornate machine built designs of the Victorian period. It started in the UK in the 1880s and by 1900 was increasing in popularity here in the US. Movement lost steam by the late 1920s, but the craftsman has carried on as a particularly iconic American style that still carries influence.

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