Bungalow court

A bungalow court is a style of multi-family housing which features several small houses arranged around a central garden. The bungalow court was created in Pasadena, California in 1909 and was the predominant form of multi-family housing in Southern California from the 1910s through the 1930s. Homes in bungalow courts were generally small, low-rise houses in the spirit of bungalow design; however, the homes were designed in a variety of architectural styles, including Swiss chalet and Spanish Colonial Revival. Bungalow courts also integrated their courtyards with the homes, providing green space to homeowners.[1]

Bungalow courts were generally marketed at people who wanted the amenities of a single-family home without its high cost. While each family in a bungalow court had its own house and garden, upkeep and land were shared among the residents.[2]

Bungalow courts were especially popular in Pasadena, the city of their origin. The courts' design prompted the Pasadena City Council to pass regulations requiring all multi-family housing in the city to be centered on a landscaped courtyard. In addition, of the 112 surviving bungalow courts in Pasadena, 43 have a historic designation such as a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] The city is attempting to list the remaining eligible courts due to the design's role in Pasadena history.[4]


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  2. "Bungalow Courts". Fullerton Heritage. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  3. "Bungalow Courts in Pasadena". Planning & Community Development. City of Pasadena. Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  4. Williams, Janette (February 16, 2011). "New tally of Pasadena's historic bungalow courts". Pasadena Star-News. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
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