New Digital Collection About Early 20th Century Homes in Seattle Now Available at The Seattle Public Library
release date: 01/26/2017
As part of The Seattle Public Library's commitment to preserving and sharing Seattle's culture and history, volumes of Bungalow Magazine are now available on the Library's website.
Bungalow Magazine was an illustrated monthly magazine published in Seattle between 1912 and 1918 and devoted "exclusively to artistic bungalow homes." The magazine contains articles about historic Seattle homes, accompanied by exterior and interior shots of the homes, as well as architectural plans and advertising. A map of the Seattle-area homes featured in the magazine is also available.
The magazine's founder and editor was an entrepreneur named Jud Yoho. Yoho also served as the architect behind some of Bungalow's featured designs. This magazine popularized the bungalow house form and the aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts Style as it was interpreted in the Northwest. Articles about particular houses in Seattle were regular features as well as measured drawings for inglenooks, sideboards, stools and other furniture. Some issues also include photographs taken by Webster and Stevens, a prominent local photography firm.
The Library owns the largest existing public collection of Bungalow Magazine. The issues and architectural plans are extremely rare and fragile, so digitization plays a key role in making them more accessible to the public while preserving the original copies.