Chicago Bungalow

Physical Model

Between 1910 and 1930, Chicago was one of the fastest-growing cities in America. In those 20 years, it added more than a million residents. Around 1910, the traditionally square bungalow (popular around the world) was redesigned to accommodate both Chicago’s standard 125-by-25 lot and its challenging weather. That started a trend that would dominate the next three decades of home building in the city. By the time the Great Depression hit, around 80,000 Chicago Bungalows surrounded the city, linking such diverse and distant communities as Lincoln Square, Belmont Cragin, Berwyn, Marquette Park, Chatham and South Chicago.


What's the problem here? Getting started on your container house design project.

Build a physical model of the exterior of a Chicago bungalow, and style your building based off the standards set by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA). They have put together a guide for owners of Chicago bungalows with requirements:

No two bungalows look exactly alike, so observe a variety. As long as they are in accordance with the HCBA requirements, feel free to decide on brick color, windows, landscaping, etc. to make your model stand out!

Your model must be at 1/4 scale on a 25’ x 80’ lote on a 25’ x 80’ lot

Collect Info

How do you Collect Info for this step of the design process?

Collect information

• Research Chicago bungalows and design.

• Do you know anyone who lives in a bungalow? Try to go see it!

Brainstorm Ideas

How do you Brainstorm Ideas for this step of the design process?

Brainstorm & Analyze

• Write down stylistic elements you like in bungalow design.

Develop Solutions

How do you Develop Solutions for this step of the design process?

Develop Solutions

• Sketch out your stylistic elements.

• What textures or materials might you want to include in your model?

Final Design

How do you create a Final Design for this step of the design process?

Get Feedback & Improve

• Ask your teacher, friends, family, neighbors, what they think of your design.