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Best Collection of Craftsman Bungalows 

Near Downtown Martinez

These American classics with Parthenonic proportions, solid demeanor, and fine details went up between 1905 and 1920, the Craftsman era. They're along Alhambra Avenue near the high school and further north on Alhambra and adjacent streets, and around the junior high school. All bungalows don't have all of the typical features, but look for low-pitched roofs, wide overhangs with visible rafter ends, faux elbow joints appearing to support roof beams, fine details, square columns resting on the ground and tapering in and up to above the porch floor supporting the roof columns. Narrow windows flank a wide window. The crosspieces of the smaller windows and the higher crosspiece of the larger window form a notch, one of the wonderful details. Small panes often appear in the tops of the windows. Almost all of these beauties remain as designed and built, perhaps a combination of their durability and the owners' devotion and aesthetic sense.

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