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June 27, 2009 / Bo Mackison

A Craftsman Bungalow

in Wingra Park National Register Historic District

in Wingra Park National Register Historic District

There is a cluster of bungalow homes near Vilas Park, a near-westside neighborhood in Madison, Wisconsin. These bungalows, built in the Craftsman Style tradition, were the work of one of the early female architects, Cora Cadwallader Tuttle. Tuttle learned carpentry from her father, design from her mother, and drafting in college. Though she grew up in rural Dane County, Cora moved to Texas with her husband, children and nephew in 1904. Following an unsuccessful business venture on a rice plantation and the death of her husband, she and her three sons joined her sister’s family who had settled in Prescott, Arizona. There she was introduced to the craftsman-style homes under construction in the Prescott area. She returned to Madison in 1908 when her son began studies at UW.

Cora bought a lot in the new Vilas Park area, and designed and built a home patterned after the Prescott Craftsmans. She attracted a favorable following and eventually designed a total of 5 homes in the area. Cora Tuttle was the only woman architect to design and build in the Madison area prior to WWI.

Bungalow, Updated

A Cora Tuttle Bungalow, Updated

This home, the Eugene C. Smith House, was built in 1911. A one and a half story home, it shares many characteristics with the other Tuttle bungalows. Small details were changed in each house to give the feeling of individuality, but the basic parts of the homes are quite similar. The Smith home has a side entrance into the living room. The dining room opens from the living room, and has an entrance to the kitchen. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The recent owners have updated the rear of the home, adding a large deck for outdoor living space, but maintaining the architectural style.

The Tuttle bungalows are a part of the Wingra Park National Register Historic District.


  1. suehenryphotography / Jun 27 2009 6:27 am

    The owners evidently truly appreciate the beauty and history of this wonderful home and are maintaining the home wonderfully. Are you giving the owners a copy of your very nice photograph of the home? I’ll bet they would enjoy having one! 😉

  2. Anna Surface / Jun 27 2009 8:34 am

    That is a gorgeous bungalow. I have seen many bungalows in the Midwest. This Craftsman bungalow has such an appealing architectural style. Lovely photos of a beautiful, historical home.

  3. ybonesy / Jun 27 2009 9:26 pm

    What a wonderful place. I love the porch, which you can make out in the first shot. Good to know about Tuttle.

  4. montucky / Jun 28 2009 12:19 am

    That’s a very attractive style and would make a pleasant home.

  5. Marcie / Jun 28 2009 9:16 am

    Sweet arts & crafts style houses. As an architect – myself – I’m always interested in these treasures that you uncover..and fascinated at the history of ‘women in architecture’. Thanks for sharing..

  6. Gandalf / Jun 29 2009 7:09 am

    Beautiful. It looks like a warm and loving home.

  7. Jeff / Jul 20 2009 6:02 pm

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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