From the turn of the 20th century through the 1920s, Craftsman bungalows were among the most popular small houses in North America. Its emphasis on quality handcrafted furnishings for middle-class homes heavily influenced the early work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. To fully appreciate the uniqueness of Craftsman doors, it helps to understand the history of the Craftsman style.
The style has its roots in mid-19th century Britain as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution. Practitioners eschewed the techniques of mass production and emphasized handcrafted goods. In the 1890s, a group of influential Bostonians imported the style into North America and formed the Society of Arts and Crafts. As stated in their credo, the Society’s mission was “to stimulate in workmen an appreciation of the dignity and value of good design; to counteract the popular… desire for over-ornamentation and specious originality.”
Doors built in the Craftsman-style commonly feature glass panes in the upper third of the door. These are separated from the panelled portion below it by a thick piece of trim. On houses, common architectural designs include gabled roofs, overhanging eaves, exposed rafters and decorative brackets under the eaves, and handcrafted stone or woodwork throughout the structure.
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