The Craftsman style house was partially reaction to what was perceived as the excesses of the Victorian period and was popular from 1905-1920. There are many classic Craftsman bungalows here in Monrovia, as well as variations of the Craftsman theme. This style of architecture is East Indian in origin. Specifically, it incorporates a type of architecture developed in India by the British who, as colonists, combined the Indian architecture they found with architecture from ''home.'' The features commonly found in the classic one story Craftsman include the following: wide, exposed eaves and roof rafters, large supporting beams and braces, deep, shady porches which are supported by sturdy pillars of stone or wood, and front-facing gables.
Building materials are varied but are almost always found in nature as opposed to being man-made and then used in construction. For example, ''natural'' building materials are redwood planks or shingles for the siding, river rock or dressed granite for porch foundations and supports, and chimneys. Craftsman houses may also have brick or stucco siding.