Artborne Magazine November 2016 - Page 9

ArchitectureThe Standard, Simple Bungalow by Matt Duke I had to cut my house off there. I wasn’t sure where this was going. Let’s talk history. Back before it was where we got our local Orlando news, the bungalow was designed by the British in mid-19th-century India. It is intended to be simplistic, natural, and fitting of its warm environment. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that “kit” homes started showing up. We give most credit to the Sears & Roebuck Company, but it was the Aladdin Company of Bay City, Michigan that started offer“I’m tired. My shingles are shriving full kits, right down to eled up. Are we expecting much the nails. Local contractors rain? If only I could jerk my head were then hired to put the in a little more. Perhaps all these whole thing together. This cracks in my stucco will lower the spread through the country wind resistance so I won’t have to fight as hard. That would be nice. For years they called me promiscu- like wildfire. The thought had to be, why build custom when you can ous; I called them renters. They said it would weigh on my structure, mass-produce for the average consumer? but I consider it character building. Long before the ropes were cut on my double hung windows, before I was practically painted shut, I could Today, bungalows are not considered standard or basic. They have behave invited the wind in. I can almost feel it breezing over my thick come great examples of customization and, due to their age, generally plaster walls and up through my prominent and open fireplace, blowing reside on tree-lined streets in established parts of town. A far cry from years of cobwebs out of my strong brick chimney. I suppose if the storm from where they began. gets rough enough, the cemetery is close by; we could rest there.” Fall—the air is a little bit lighter than it has been. Should we thank Hurricane Matthew for the change of season? It’s as if it spun by and popped the bubble of heat and moisture that had been weighing us down. As we quickly recover from the storm, I thought it would be a good opportunity to write about architecture from the point of view of my 1926 bungalow facing the threat of a hurricane. I imagine it would go something like this: ...why build custom when you can mass-produce for the average consumer? photo by Matt Duke Orlando’s Art Scene, v. 1.5 8