The Eastern Bungalow style was popular between 1910-1940, which included the Depression years. They are an affordable and practical adaptation of California’s Arts and Crafts movement. Full second floors are not a feature of this style, but finished attics are common. The style shares features with traditional well-ventilated folk houses in the warmer U.S. south, with expansive front porches that form a habitable transition between the home and the outside environment. In New England, many of the porches have been enclosed. In post-war America, the bungalow was followed by the single-floor ranch style, with poured concrete floors.  In recent years, bungalows have made a comeback in popularity.

Shown below are houses in Ipswich that are representative of the Bungalow and Arts and Crafts styles.

Ipswich MA bungalow
27 Argilla Rd.
Ipswich MA bungalow
1 Blaisdell
Ipswich MA bungalow
174 County Rd.
Ipswich MA bungalow
5 East St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
13 Essex Rd.
Ipswich MA bungalow
9 Fairview Ave.
Ipswich MA bungalow
11 Farley Ave.
Ipswich MA bungalow
33 Farley
Ipswich MA bungalow
2 Grant Court
Ipswich MA bungalow
199 High St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
205 High St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
10 Kimball Ave.
Ipswich MA bungalow
14 Kimball Ave.
Ipswich MA bungalow
16 Kimball Ave.
Ipswich MA bungalow
5 Labor in Vain Rd.
Ipswich MA bungalow
7 Linden St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
15 Locust Rd.
Ipswich MA bungalow
3 Maple Ave.
Ipswich MA bungalow
7 Mount Pleasant
Ipswich MA bungalow
17 Mount Pleasant
Ipswich MA bungalow
19 Newmarch
Ipswich MA bungalow
4 North Ridge
Ipswich MA bungalow
5 Peabody St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
16 Peabody St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
10 Perley Ave.
Ipswich MA bungalow
21 Poplar St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
16 Riverside
Ipswich MA bungalow
9 Ryan Ave.
Ipswich MA bungalow
10 Ryan Ave.
Ipswich MA bungalow
11 Spring St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
3 Tansey Lane
Ipswich MA bungalow
48 Topsfield Rd.
Ipswich MA bungalow
53 Topsfield Rd.
Ipswich MA bungalow
43 Turkey Shore
Ipswich MA bungalow
45 Turkey Shore
Ipswich MA bungalow
67 Washington St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
69 Washington St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
70 Washington St.
Ipswich MA bungalow
1 Woods Lane

“Bungal-ode”

by Burges Johnson, Good Housekeeping magazine, February 1909

There’s a jingle in the jungle
‘Neath the juniper and pine,
They are mangling the tangle
Of the underbrush and vine,
And my blood is all a-tingle
At the sound of blow on blow,
As I count each single shingle
On my bosky bungalow

There’s a jingle in the jungle,
I am counting every nail,
And my mind is bungaloaded,
Bungaloping down a trail;
And I dream of every ingle
Where I angle at my ease,
Naught to set my nerves a-jingle
I may bungle all I please.

For I oft get bungalonely
In the mingled human drove,
And I long for bungaloafing
In some bungalotus grove,
In a cooling bung’location
Where no troubling trails intrude,
‘Neath some bungalowly rooftree
In east bungalongitude.

Oh, I think with bungaloathing
Of the strangling social swim,
Where they wrangle after bangles
Or for some new-fangled whim;
And I know by bungalogic
That is all my bungalown
That a little bungalotion
Mendeth every mortal moan!

Oh, a man that’s bungalonging
For the dingle and the loam
Is a very bungalobster
If he dangles on at home.
Catch the bungalocomotive;
If you cannot face the fee,
Why, a bungaloan’ll do it —
You can borrow it from me!

One thought on “Bungalows of Ipswich

  1. Hi Gordon,
    Great piece. Would that land values would permit the buildings of these darling bungalows again in this area. I have a small one myself, not unlike the one shown on 21 Poplar Street above with the original porch incorporated into the house. Taxes are moderate, utilities manageable, maintenance low, and (thankfully) paid for.

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