California is home to the American Bungalow style, and the bungalows that evolved here have become iconic across the USA. Interestingly, the bungalow actually traces its origins to the Indian province of Bengal, the word itself deriving from the Hindi word “bangla.” The native huts were adapted by the British, who built bungalows as houses for administrators and as summer retreats. The idea was refined and popularized in California. Combining Arts and Crafts details with Hispanic ideas created the classic California Bungalow. The bungalow increased in popularity because it met the needs of changing times. The lower middle class was moving from apartments to private houses in great numbers, and bungalows represented modest, inexpensive, and low-profile housing. Sturdy, simple, and comfortable, the California Bungalow represents a style of residential architecture that was popular across America around the years 1910 to 1939.