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Emery Street Bungalow District, 1400 block (DHP photo)

1426 Emery Street (DHP photo)

1422 Emery Street (DHP photo)

Emery Street Bungalow District, 1500 block (DHP photo)

Emery Street Bungalow District
Eau Claire, Eau Claire County
Dates of contributing buildings: 1915-1930

The Emery Street Bungalow District is part of a larger neighborhood on the east side of Eau Claire. It is known as Eastside Hill, referring to the river bluff that it occupies. An early 20th century manufacturing boom doubled the city's population, creating the need for affordable housing.

Bungalows were the answer. Most often erected by middle income owners, they were inexpensive to build and efficient in design and layout. Plans were available through numerous sources, like Keith's magazine, The Craftsman, and other periodicals. "Bungalow books" were also distributed by dozens of house plan companies including Sears, Roebuck & Company and Montgomery Wards. Popular "kit" homes offered "do-it-yourself" owners/builders all of the materials and fixtures needed to build their home.

Bungalows evolved from English and Indian antecedents and represented an outgrowth of the worker's cottage ideas of the late 19th century. Their design was simple and visually cohesive in size, shape and alignment. This simplicity was the attraction and charm of the style. The style included typical architectural elements such as a low-slung roofs with dormers, exposed rafters, decorative half-timbering and rustic treatments. Open or closed porches are also seen on various designs. Interiors featured compact floor plans, with flowing, open spaces and little wasted space.

Bungalows became the first truly national style, spreading rapidly throughout America. This "craze" resulted in the creation of the Emery Street District, Eau Claire's most intact and visually cohesive collection of bungalows.

The homes in this district are private residences. Please respect the rights of the owners.


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