A Chicago Bungalow

2019 Newhouse- Digital Model: Chicago Bungalow

Build a digital model of the exterior & interior of a Chicago bungalow.

Between 1910 and 1930, Chicago was one of the fastest-growing cities in America. In those 20 years it added more than 1 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. This 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 diverse and distant communities such as Lincoln Square, Belmont Cragin, Berwyn, Marquette Park, Chatham and South Chicago.

The Chicago Bungalow is instantly recognizable once you know what to look for:

  • Brick construction
  • One and one-half stories above a basement
  • Low-pitched hipped roof with wide overhangs
  • Porch with steps ascending from street level
  • Generous windows, sometimes with leaded art glass
  • Simple style influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement


Build a digital model of the exterior & interior of a Chicago bungalow. Style the exterior of your building based on the standards set by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA). They have put together a guide for owners of Chicago bungalows with requirements. Design the interior of the bungalow to meet the needs of a 21st century family. Feel free to incorporate things you would like to have in a home if you were to live in a bungalow No two bungalows look exactly alike. As long as your design choices are in accordance with the HCBA requirements, feel free to decide on brick color, windows, landscaping, etc. to make your model stand out!

Collect Info

Try this:

  • Research Chicago bungalows and design.
  • Do you know anyone who lives in a bungalow? Try to go see it!

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Brainstorm Ideas

Try this:

  • Write down stylistic elements you like in bungalow design.

Develop Solutions

Try this:

  • Sketch out your stylistic elements.
  • Find textures or materials you may want to include in your model.

Get Feedback and Improve

  • Ask your teacher, friends, family, neighbors, what they think of your design.
  • Get professional feedback at CAC’s Teen Open Studios.

Final Design

Submission Requirements

Register for this division | by 4pm by Thursday, April 18, 2019

5 renderings uploaded digitally | on Slideroom by 4pm on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in order to qualify for jurying:

  • One Overall Exterior: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_OverallEx.jpg
  • Two exterior details: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_EXDetail1.jpg, etc..
  • Two interior details: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_INDetail1.jpg, etc..
  • Caption each of your photos to explain what is being shown

Stacked renderings center mounted on a single horizontal board | turned into your teacher or drop off location by 4pm on Monday, May 13, 2019 in order to qualify for jurying

  • Renderings will be 24”x 18” stacked and center-mounted on a single 30”x 20” horizontal board. Renderings may be printed on any paper surface
  • Include site elements (trees, people, etc). Be sure to include at least one scale figure
  • SketchUp Warehouse models can ONLY be used for people, plans, and interior design
  • Fill out and apply competition entry labels with your unique participant ID number (Slideroom ID). Do NOT include your name or school anywhere visible on the model

Judging Criteria

  • Renderings must show an effective use of the digital programs.
  • Correct and effective use of light and shadow.
  • Innovation is shown in both design and problem solving.
  • Show creative and appropriate representations of building materials—texture, color, and scale.
  • Well-implemented interior design with a careful consideration to colors, furniture, and elements that meet a 21st century family’s needs.

Submit the project on Slideroom

Projects must be sumbitted by Thursday, May 9, 2019

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