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HST 102 paper 1 - Evan Price HST 102 Paper 1 The Transition...

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Evan Price 2/15/11 HST 102 Paper 1 The Transition From the Victorian Design Home to the Bungalow House. Would you rather live in a Victorian designed home or a Bungalow house? The Victorian design is very spacious consisting of multiple floors with a living room, dining room, kitchen and your own bedroom. The Bungalow house has only one or two floors and is very cramped. If you live in the Bungalow house, the first floor would be one room with a living area, a dining area, a kitchen and you would most likely have to share your bedroom with a few of your siblings. If a survey were taken today, it would most likely say that most Americans would rather live in a Victorian. However, if this survey were taken during the progressive era, then the results would be much different. The progressive era is known to be from 1900 to 1920. At the turn of the century, Americans started to build more bungalow houses instead of Victorian designed homes. These restyles lead to changes in economic statuses, women’s roles, and everyday life of Americans. During the progressive era, Americans abandoned the Victorian style homes and built more Bungalow Houses due to the expanding middle class, promotion of English Arts and Crafts, and more efficient and greater lifestyle. Who was considered a middle class American during the early twentieth century? The average middle class American man was a white-colored worker or small business owner who was married with a couple of children. The average middle class American woman was a housewife that stayed at home and took care of the children. The Victorian style house was always the ideal home for any middle class American family. However,
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once the bungalow was introduced in the early twentieth century, it became very popular. Even though the bungalow was much smaller and less luxurious, it was much cheaper than the Victorian style home. It led to less economic competition and a more communal atmosphere. The bungalow had fewer things in it. As expressed in Edward Bok on Simplicity (1900), “There are no people on the face of the earth who litter up the rooms of their home with so much useless, and consequently bad, furnishing as do the
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