Highland Park Craftsman Style Homes

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What is a Craftsman Style Home?

In the late 19th century Britain was going through an Industrial Revolution with production style everything ruling the day. The contrarian Arts & Crafts Movement, however, was all about rejecting this new, mass-produced construction style in favor of handcrafted products made by artisans.  This movement made its way to America, largely due to the efforts by Gustav Stickley, founder and editor of The Craftsman magazine. His publication sold blueprints for homes that were designed in the Arts & Crafts style, with the allure of making”professional architecture” accessible to the general public.  The term craftsman originally only applied to homes built using Stickley's plans, however the term has evolved to reference any home with the Craftsman characteristics. Craftsman Style home characteristics include: Low-pitched rooflines, usually done in a hip or gable (triangular) style, Wide, overhanging eaves, Exposed rafters under the eves, A covered front porch, Pillars lining the entry, Double hanging windows, which have separate panes of glass on the top and bottom, Single, and protruding dormers.