Row of Chicago Bungalows

2019 Newhouse- Physical Model: Chicago Bungalow

Build a physical model of the exterior 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 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. 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! Your model must be at 1/4 scale on a 25’ x 80’ lot.

Collect Info

Try this:

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

Explore these resources:

Brainstorm Ideas

Try this:

  • Write down stylistic elements you like in bungalow design.

Develop Solutions

Try this:

  • Sketch out your stylistic elements.
  • What textures or materials might you 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 photographs uploaded digitally | on Slideroom by 4pm on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in order to qualify for jurying:

  • One Overall: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Overall.jpg
  • Four details: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Detail1.jpg, LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Detail2.jpg
  • Caption each of your photos to explain what is being shown

A completed physical model | turned into your teacher or drop off location by 4pm on Monday, May 13, 2019 in order to qualify for jurying

  • Include site elements (trees, people, etc). Be sure to include at least one scale figure
  • Models must be 1/4 scale on a 25’ x 80’ lot
  • 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

  • A model must show craftsmanship and care: no excessive glue or materials, clean cuts/joints, etc.
  • The model must not break any of the restrictions for Chicago Bungalow design set by the HCBA.
  • Show creative and appropriate representations of building materials—texture, color, and scale.

Submit the project on Slideroom

Projects must be sumbitted by Thursday, May 9, 2019

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