Why Americans (and Hollywood) Love Bungalows
Kelli wrote a column for The Week on why Americans and Hollywood loves bungalows:
What do Back to the Future (1985), Old School (2003), and IFC’s Maron (2013–present) have in common? Their characters live in American bungalows, also known as Craftsman and/or Arts and Crafts homes — typically one story, rectangular shaped, mostly brick with low-pitched roofs, generous windows, and thick porches.
Bungalows are also the homes of characters in Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997),Training Day (2001), Monster-in-Law (2005), Must Love Dogs (2005), Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), and Grimm (2011–present).
Even in Hollywood’s early years, Culver Studios built bungalows for its offices and residential spaces for actors. Apparently, Alfred Hitchcock worked out of one, and Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh inhabited two while filming Gone With the Wind (1939).
So why is Hollywood so taken with American bungalows?