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Twin Cities Bungalow Club

November 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

$5

Join the Twin Cities Bungalow Club on Sun., Nov. 18, 1:30-3pm, to learn the fascinating story of a little-known, nationwide housing project spearheaded by Minnesota architects during the bungalow era. The program will be presented at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1895 Laurel Ave. The program is free for Bungalow Club members, and $5 for non-members.

In the early nineteen-teens, a group of prominent Minnesota architects grew concerned as they watched a societal shift in house building passing them by. The emerging middle class was building tens of thousands of bungalows and other small homes across the United States, but professional architects were virtually frozen out of the process. At the time, prospective homebuyers on a budget could find scores of free or inexpensive house plans through lumberyards, magazines, newspapers, and kit home manufacturers such as Sears & Roebuck.

In response, the Minnesota architects conceived a strategy to provide professionally designed small house plans to young families across the country for a small fee—a significant departure from the traditional role of architects working closely with individual clients to create a customized home design.

Learn how this bold plan succeeded with the support of professional architects nationwide, and how it was threatened by growing concerns that it would ultimately devalue the role of the architectural profession. This presentation will showcase homes in the Twin Cities that were built using plans produced by the Architect’s Small House Service Bureau.

Details

Date:
November 18
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost:
$5

Venue

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1895 Laurel Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Phone:
651-645-7424

Organizer

Twin Cities Bungalow Club
Phone:
612-724-5816
Email:
mail@bungalowclub.net
Website:
www.bungalowclub.org