Architectural Styles in Rensselaer County: 1910 - 1940
The sturdy Bungalow is seen throughout Rensselaer County, in city neighborhoods and in the countryside. Its popularity was due in large measure to the fact that it was economical to
build, and therefore was within the reach of a wide home-owning public. The Bungalow’s comfortable floor plan and ubiquitous front porch encouraged an informal life-style that began to take hold in American society after World War I.
Details distinguish the Bungalow structure’s style. Typically, the Bungalow has wide, overhanging gables forming a porch at the front supported by heavy piers. The natural quality of materials is emphasized, such as stone used as cobblestone or as boulders; wood stained in earth tones; shingles and stucco for their textural qualities.
Strong cubic volumes.
Horizontal quality to shapes.
Multiple dormers and porch roof types.
Use of horizontal bands of windows
Variety of materials used for color and texture.
Bungalows are designed in a variety of styles including Colonial Revival and many internationally-inspired styles.