The art behind San Jose homes: Craftsman-style

Let’s visit another common architectural style in San Jose — the Craftsman home, popularized in the early 20th century.

A collage of four Craftsman-style homes in the Naglee Park neighborhood.

There’s a ton of Craftsman-style homes in the Naglee Park neighborhood.

Photos by SJtoday staff

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Drive around any San Jose neighborhood and you’ll find a wide range of architectural influences, some we’ve already covered — Victorian + Spanish-Revival.

In our third installment of this real estate series, we’re talking about a style that you can find in almost every corner of the great 408, you guessed it, Craftsman homes.

🔨 Building off one another

Though the craftsman-style house originated from the British arts and crafts movement, furniture-maker Gustav Stickley originally introduced it to the US in his interior design magazine, “The Craftsman (1901-1916).” The simpler style was a modest turn from Industrial Revolution-era Victorian homes which were much more ornamental + decorative.

But, you can thank architects Henry and Charles Greene for developing the California Craftsman, which is the one most commonly found in San Jose + the greater Bay Area. Beginning simply as the “bungalow” in England, they popularized the Craftsman style as the “ultimate bungalow,” or “California bungalow.”

🔎 Spot that style

To distinguish, the “Craftsman” is an architectural style derived from the Arts and Crafts movement, whereas the “bungalow” is a particular form of house. Here are the telltale signs of a craftsman:

  • Wide, low layouts
  • Low-pitched gabled roof
  • Decorative beams
  • Full or partial open porches with square posts + tapered arched openings
  • Support columns and exposed rafters
  • Wood clapboard or stucco

🏡 Love it? Live it

If you like what you’re hearing, check out some Craftsman-style homes on the market today.

Curious to know about another San Jose architectural style? Let us know.

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