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Although the term bungalow is now commonly used to describe a small one- or one-and-a-half-story home or casual beach house, the word is derived from the Indian Hindustani word “bangala”, meaning belonging to Bengal. In fact, bungalows as we know them were first built in India in the mid-nineteenth century by the British. The intent was to design an informal, easily constructed, low to the ground structure with large porches and/or sheltered by wide overhanging eaves, a perfect way to deal with a hot, sunny climate. Stylistically, the bungalow’s simplicity was a refreshing departure from ornate Victorian designs that, around 1900 somehow seemed less impressive. The American version of the bungalow did not appear until around 1900, but quickly became the dominant style in the United States (and in certain parts of Wilmette) between 1905 and 1930.