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One Story Bungalows

Much ado has been made in St. Louis about mansions and other grand houses, but I find the small, two to three window wide bungalows of particularly the South Side to be my favorite houses in the city.  Heck, I even live in one myself.

Many feature side entrances, or grand arched doorways, depending on when they were built.

This house below was spiffed up back in the 1950’s from the looks of it, with the original facade removed and a large picture window added in its place.

The side entrances generally go straight into the living room, and some feature a back door that served the kitchen.

4 Comments

  1. Hi!
    I love your website, thank you for putting so much time into it. I live in a 1 story bungalow from 1906 in Carondelet, similar to what you have pictured above, but even smaller. I’m curious – have you seen any that have a deck added above the flat roof?

    • Joe, I used to live in a 1910 one story bungalow in the Princeton Heights neighborhood. I used to think it would be cool to add a rooftop deck with black wrought iron railings, but never really looked into it.

  2. Living in the Hill neighborhood and a number of brick flat-roofed bungalow-type houses boast of ornate brick work and designs along the top front of the homes. Some are duplexes or four family flats. Is there a history or style group for this ornamentation. I seem to find terms like merlons and crenels, can’t classify the architectural styles. Oddly enough, Google is not very much help with this. Any thoughts are appreciated.

    • So, that’s a tough questions. Architectural historians oftentimes label these “Late 19th or early 20th Revival Styles,” which is awfully lazy. Sometimes, the style is clear, they’re Italianate, which you’ll see in the Ville or the Grove. The simple answer is that they’re very eclectic, and are a mix of styles that masons combined together with their skills, often on the job site.

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