Crenellated Mission Bungalow
Floor Plan

Frederick Gowing's Design for a Crenellated Mission Bungalow, 1925

[Gowing's Design] No. 739. This is a very attractive mission type of bungalow built on unusual lines, with stucco finished exterior walls. There are seven large rooms, all leading from a court or atrium, in the center. The atrium is lighted from a glass skylight and makes an excellent sun room. There are two sleeping rooms on the second floor lighted and ventilated on all sides, making an ideal outdoor sleeping room. All modern improvements are provided, including steam heat, open plumbing, and two large fireplaces, making an usually atractive residence. It would requre a lot about 65 feet front. The house is about 45 feet front and 41 feet deep.

Additional Notes by Sarah E. Mitchell: This house features a rather unusual combination of features: the crenellation is more typical of castellated Gothic designs from the 1800's; the windows on the first floor are similar to those found in late Victorian homes; and the columns on the front porch would not be out of place on a Greek Revival building. However, the low massing of the building is typical of the bungalow style.

The atrium with fountain was a nice way to try to bring the outdoors inside. Because of heating considerations, this design may have been more popular in the warmer climates of California, Florida, etc.

This design and description was originally published in Frederick H. Gowing, Building Plans for Colonial Dwellings, Bungalows, Cottages, and Other Medium Cost Homes, Designed, Edited, and Published by Frederick H. Gowing, Architect, Boston, Massachusetts, 1925. Digital editing of images by Sarah E. Mitchell.

Copyright © 2003 Sarah E. Mitchell