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2016 Takoma Park House and Garden Tour
“The American Craftsman”
The weather gods kindly curtailed the rain, ensuring success for the 2016 Tour on Sunday May 1. If you missed the Tour itself, here's an intro to the Arts and Crafts Movement in Takoma Park.
Unlike Takoma's first round of construction, when grander Victorians prevailed, the early 1900s ushered in a shift to cozy, more affordable homes.
The expanding suburb of Takoma Park was perfectly positioned to fill this demand. Developers had recently platted new sections of land between Maple and Carroll Avenues, awaiting buyers.
Meanwhile, a new Arts and Crafts Movement advocated simple, functional designs with an emphasis on craftsmanship. First formulated in England, these principles had been brought to America by Gustav Stickley and translated into affordable family-centered homes, which he called Craftsman.
Stickley is best known as a furniture maker, but his monthly magazine full of exterior designs, open floor plans, interior decor, furniture, and the use of natural materials, had a profound influence across the country. These ideas found their way to Takoma Park, along with bungalows and all varieties of kit houses.
The Craftsman period waned by the late 1930s, but the homes created then continue to be lovingly maintained, and creatively expanded, as represented by the houses on this tour.