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Penrose in the Snow #9, Turn of the Century Bungalows

I like these little guys, often with a lot of panache even for a small house. I typically think of many of these one story “railroad bungalows” (I heard that term used once) with Dutchtown. Nonethless, they’re great starter homes or permanent homes for people on a budget.

Also, senior citizens interested in attending a two-week lecture series about my investigations of underground caves and cellars in St. Louis can still register on-line at OASIS for classes on April 16 and 23, both from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Search for class “135.”

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    • American residential terminology is fluid! It can even vary within a city.

  1. I sometimes see these single story Bungalows with 2 front doors as if the were multi-family units. Can you enlighten me to the history of these buildings?

    • The most likely explanation is that the second door was the kitchen door. In the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century, the separation of uses was very strict; one door was for guests and formal uses, and the other was for chores and housekeeping or shopping.
      That being said, just four doors down from me on my block, there is a bungalow with two front doors! Was it converted into two apartments at some point, perhaps during the World War II housing crunch? Perhaps, because my neighbors and I know for a fact from our own houses and building permits these houses are 1) small, and 2) built as single family houses.

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