Longmont’s bungalows are a treasure! Lining streets on both sides of Main, they project simplicity, solidity and a quiet elegance. The Bungalow became a symbol of the Craftsman movement with its low, overhanging roof, broad porches, and simple horizontal lines. Identified as the most common example of Craftsman architecture, the Bungalow spread quickly across the country during the early 20th century. In Colorado, this type of architecture was popular from 1900 to around 1930 and is gloriously preserved in Longmont’s Historic Old Town.
The typical Bungalow is a one or one-and-one-half story, wood or masonry structure with a gently pitched, front or side gable roof. An additional gable occasionally covers an open porch and the overhang is usually supported by battered or “elephantine” porch piers or thick columns. Some Bungalows have clipped gables, shed dormers, or exposed rafter ends, but almost all have a front porch.