Week 5, Different Architectural styles found in the St. Louis area

Different Architectural styles found in the St. Louis area. The Craftsman.

Guide to Residential Architectural Styles

By Diane Eddy-Low, Realtor with Hermann London Group, Maplewood.

Have you ever wondered what architectural style your house fits into or, while out and about, you come across a building or home you like but have a hard time correctly describing it? Well, every house or building has a style. Sometimes it has more than one because of renovations and new, eclectic mixes or the original architect combined styles for their Clients wants or needs.

Over the next few weeks I will blog about one specific style until we get through all 24! I can be reached for any questions at dianeeddylow@gmail.com 314-602-7174

Week 5 the Craftsman

The Arts and Crafts movement arrived in the United States from Britain as the Victorian era was coming to a close. For the first time architecture and design focused on the rapidly expanding middle class instead of design for the wealthy. Thus the birth of the Craftsman Bungalow came into being. This style focused on ennobling the modest middle class homes (usually simple Bungalows) with the philosophy of the reform of movement and encouraged originality, simplicity of form, the use of natural materials and the visibility of handicraft in its design. For the first time the kitchen was designed to be the heart of the house as middle class woman could not afford live-in staff and typically had to cook and watch her children by herself. This gave birth to the breakfast nook and other built in features of this design group. The lines are simple and incorporate wood and glass craftsmanship into the public aspects of the home. 


Next Friday's blog will be the Cotswold......my personal favorite!

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Gary K Lee February 02, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Thank you. I'm enjoying this series.


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