Westwood Park Bungalows
The late 19th century saw the Arts & Crafts Movement spread across Europe, the United States and all
the way to Westwood Park in San Francisco, its influence most evident in the bungalow-style architecture
of the area┐s homes.
A reaction to the Industrial Revolution and the frilly, lacey, cluttered times of the Victorian Era, the
philosophy of the Arts & Crafts Movement centered around a lifestyle that paid homage to a new
appreciation for nature, simplicity and man┐s individuality.
Westwood Park residents are fortunate to live in homes that, for the most part, have been owned and
maintained for nearly 100 years by homeowners respectful of the unique, classic architecture of their
Although San Francisco is ordinarily cited for its Victorian and Edwardian houses, the 650-home tract
of Westwood Park is the only neighborhood in The City with representations of nearly all styles of
bungalows popular in the early 20th century.
Originally built as modest middle-class homes in the western part of The City, some of the styles of
bungalows that can be viewed by strolling through the neighborhood include: Mission, Craftsman, Prairie,
Colonial Revival, English Cottage and Spanish Revival.
Some of the common architectural elements include: oak hardwood floors with Philippine mahogany trim,
beveled glass French doors, built-in dining room buffets, wainscoting, coved ceilings, tiled and/or brick
fireplaces, multiple windows, sunrooms and tile roofs.
Several years ago, residents worked together to ensure that the unique character of their 1920s-era tract
would be preserved by becoming The City┐s first Residential Character District (RCD).
Under the RCD Guidelines, residents must obtain approval from the Westwood Park Association before
any changes are made to the exterior or "envelope" of their home.
A revived interest in the Arts & Crafts Movement has given rise to an increase in the restoration of
bungalows across the country as well as numerous organizations and businesses catering to the
preservation of these homes.
In May and October, San Francisco City Guides offers a "Bungalows of Westwood Park" tour. City Guides
is a program of the San Francisco Public Library and gives free walking tours of the city's neighborhoods.
For more information, go to sfcityguides.org.
Below is a partial list of related online resources:
"What is a bungalow?" (American Bungalow Magazine)
"What style is my bungalow?" (American Bungalow Magazine)