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Housework The Bungalows in Kamloops

Image: KMA Photograph 7691, 435 Battle St., 1977 (cropped detail)

Please join us at the Kamloops Museum and Archives for our newest exhibition.

Housework, The Bungalow Style in Kamloops features recent and enlarged archives photographs of Kamloops houses from downtown and the West End, built mainly between 1900 and 1930. These houses typify the Bungalow style, which is an expression of the British Arts & Crafts movement—often referred to as the "Craftsman" style of architecture in North America.

Kamloops' downtown used the Bungalow as a building template. But just what is a bungalow? It's not an easy question to answer, and no architectural style is consistent all the way through. But after touring the show, you'll have a better understanding of the characteristics and history of the formative architecture of Kamloops; hopefully enough understanding to "know one when you see one."

With some exceptions, a bungalow is typically a house one to one–and–a–half storeys high, with the half–story made of rooms extending out of the roof slope. Its form comes from the simple rooflines and extended porches of bangala—Bengali peasant huts—crossed with the standard British army tent. During the British Raj in India, the hybrid dwellings were built in compounds outside cities to allow the British to escape South Asia's summer heat.

In North America, the bungalow is traditionally linked to the Craftsman style. This style is part of a pragmatic, American response to the idealism that fuelled the anti–industrialist Arts & Crafts movement in Britain. Craftsman style houses combined factory processes with artisanal labour, natural materials and exposed structural features to highlight the standalone beauty of architecture and the value of the work that gave rise to it. The majority of houses in British Columbia between 1900 and 1930 were built in the Craftsman style.

The style permeates Kamloops. Wood siding, exposed posts, beams, brackets and rafters are common sights in neighbourhoods throughout the city, particularly in the West End and Downtown. But as a transportation hub with a fluctuating economy grounded in resources, houses in Kamloops also reflect a range of regional styles and a cautious approach to scale. While the West End and Downtown are undoubtedly inscribed by the Craftsman style, its clearest and most homegrown expression comes through the diminutive and varied forms of the bungalow.

Museum Hours
Tues to Sat: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Archive Hours
Tues to Fri: 1:15 pm - 4 pm
Closed Feb 21 to March 4

Closed Sundays & Mondays
Closed on Statutory Holidays


Contact
Kamloops Museum & Archives
207 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2E7
ph 250-828-3576
fx 250-828-3760
email museum@kamloops.ca

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