The West Coast borrowed the bungalow from Bengal and created the California Bungalow, an embodiment of “artistic beauty and cozy convenience” that spread across the world. The Craftsman bungalows of San Luis Obispo, of simple materials and muscular features, range from a backyard playhouse designed by Julia Morgan to the commanding Barneberg House by Charles McKenzie.

We’ll wander through the Craftsman districts of San Luis Obispo, the areas that opened up for development in the early twentieth centuries, like the Dallidet vineyards (La Viña Tract) and the Mill Street Historic District. Besides the products of out of town architects like McKenzie, catalogues of plans, and ready-cut kits, we’ll pay particular attention to local master E. D. Bray, who designed and built some of our town’s most distinctive bungaloid architecture.