Do you ever see an old house and something about it just strikes you as right? You couldn't quite put your finger on it...was it the open porch or the dormers rising from the roofline? Did it look something like this?
You're looking at a Craftsman style house and Tulsa is loaded with them. These houses were part of the Arts and Craft movement, a reaction to the Industrial Revolution where emphasis was placed on mass production. Arts and Crafts supporters valued quality over quantity.
This house represents more than a style, it's the embodiment of a philosophy about life. No, really, hear me out. This movement valued handcraftsmanship but also rejected the overly stuffed, ornate homes from the Victorian age.
To summarize, the Arts and Crafts movement focused on simple values:
-find joy in work
-design and create affordable objects
-live the simple life
-connect with nature
William Morris, one of the leaders in the movement, believed that the designs were a "uniting of the heart and the mind with the hand."
Next time you see a little Bungalow, maybe you'll understand the attraction.