An ideology more than a specific architectural style, the British Arts and Crafts movement greatly influenced iconic American architectural styles. Conceived largely by the artist and writer William Morris around the 1860s as a backlash to the mass production and dehumanization of the contemporaneous industrial revolution, the movement emphasized handmade, artisan goods. The movement influenced all forms of design including architecture, furniture, and interior design.
Arts and Crafts ideals, while not unknown in America at the time, only entered the public consciousness and achieved popularization in America around the early 1900s. Gustav Stickley, an American designer impressed by the results of the movement he saw while visiting Europe, began promoting the movement in 1901 in his magazine The Craftsman. Beyond being a mouthpiece for the Arts and Crafts movement, the magazine offered house designs that would become the basis of Craftsman style architecture.
The first issue of The Craftsman magazine.
Architectural styles such as Craftsman, Prairie, Foursquare, and Bungalows are uniquely American extensions and interpretations of Arts & Crafts ideals. When used in today’s context, Arts & Crafts style signifies handmade, one-of-a-kind flourishes and touches.
Example of a Craftsman style home in Cameron Park, a neighborhood in Raleigh.
Below is a complete list of all the available Arts and Crafts homes in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the rest of the Triangle.
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