Craftsman architecture, also known as Arts and Crafts, was a reaction to the excesses of Victorian architecture. It marked a return to simplicity, beginning in Britain in the late 1880s and America at the turn of the century, where it was popular until Ranch architecture took over after World War II. It has since come back into vogue, where it will likely stay, because Craftsman’s cozy bungalows with their handcrafted wood details, inside and out, are a satisfying way to experience what has been called ‘serious architecture.’
Its defining characteristics include low-pitched roofs with wide eaves and triangular bracketing; a dominant chimney; and porches with thick square or round columns atop tall or wide bases. Exposed beams are common, too, outside on porches and inside in rooms, which typically also feature built-in furniture and built-in light fixtures. Craftsman’s more open floor plans were a reaction, too, to the smaller, boxier rooms of other styles.
Famous examples include the Gamble House of 1908, in Pasadena, California, by brothers Charles and Henry Greene. Charming Craftsman homes are featured in the movies Must Love Dogs and Monster-in-Law.
In Fort Worth, the Craftsman-style home at 1500 College Avenue combines the aura of history but with modern-day amenities. Built in 2013, the two-story, four-bedroom home offers many luxuries: high ceilings, stately windows, detailed moldings, oak hardwoods and an open-concept plan. It features a first-floor master suite, three full baths, one half-bath and a focal-point kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, marble backsplash, gas cook top and breakfast bar.
Outside, the perks include a relaxing covered front porch, a deck overlooking the back yard and a single-car detached garage.
The home at 1500 College Avenue is move-in ready and has walkability to popular Magnolia Avenue locations, is represented by Carley Moore and priced $499,900.
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