Home for the Holidays

Have you ever wanted to explore the history behind some of Seattle’s unique bungalow homes? This month we launched a new digital collection featuring the iconic Bungalow Magazine that lets you do just that.

Bungalow Magazine was published in Seattle between 1912 and 1918 and features homes constructed in the Puget Sound region and other west coast locales. The founder and editor for the initial years was an entrepreneur named Jud Yoho. Yoho also served as the architect behind some of Bungalow’s featured designs. This magazine popularized the bungalow house form and the aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts Style as it was interpreted in the Northwest. Articles about particular houses in Seattle were regular features as well as measured drawings for inglenooks, sideboards, stools and other furniture. Some issues also include photographs taken by Webster and Stevens, a prominent local photography firm.

These days, issues of Bungalow are hard to find. The library owns one of the most complete collections available to the public, including some of the original architectural plans offered with each issue. The materials have become increasingly fragile with age and use so digitization has allowed us to ensure proper preservation of the original items while making the content much more accessible.

For our digital collection, we researched each home featured in the Seattle area and tried to find the home’s exact location using a combination of city directory and census records. We identified over 80 homes which you can now see in our Bungalow Map. We’ve only included homes where we could identify the exact address or closely approximate the location so we’re in need of more sleuths to identify additional homes. If you recognize any locations when browsing through the Bungalow issues, please let us know and we’ll add them to the map!

Interested in learning more about bungalow architecture? Explore the digital collection and find more resources by checking out some of our past bungalow Shelftalk posts.

~ posted by Jade D.

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