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Historic Bungalow Plans: Reproduction House Plan Catalogs

Find Plans for Bungalow Houses


Based on a simple homes from India, the practical bungalow style took America by storm in the early 1900s. The style spread quickly via mail order house plans. Today, you can purchase reproductions of the original bungalow plan catalogs. Listed here are a few of the best, plus books on the history of bungalow architecture and building plans for contemporary bungalows. For historic mail order house plans you can download for free, see our index of bungalow floor plans.

1. Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears, Roebuck and Company

The authors have gathered an impressive selection of Sear's mail order homes. Presented here are reproductions of plans for approximately 450 models sold between 1908 and 1940. Included are descriptions, illustrations and prices. By Katherine Cole Stevenson, H. Ward Jandl.

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2. Small Houses of the Twenties: The Sears, Roebuck 1926 House Catalog

A vintage house plan collection from Sears Roebuck and Co. showing interiors and fixtures in great detail.

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3. 100 Turn-Of-The-Century Brick Bungalows With Floor Plans

Winning entries from a major nationwide competition, with floor plans and costs. Styles range from a tile-roofed hacienda to a thatch-roofed English cottage. By Rogers & Manson.

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4. 117 House Designs of the Twenties

Reprint of a 1923 architect's catalog, with home plans and details for homes ranging from bungalows and cottages to formal dwellings. By Gordon-Van Tine Co.

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5. 500 Small Houses of the Twenties

Presents 500 small-home designs of the 1920s as they appeared in a major architectural publication of 1923. Many are designed by leading domestic architects of the period. By Henry Atterbury Smith.

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6. California Bungalows of the Twenties

Reproduction architects' catalog with detailed descriptions of special features, dimensions, and costs. By Henry L. Wilson.

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