Greene & Greene: Developing A California Architecture

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In the first decade of the last century, architects Charles and Henry Greene developed an astonishingly refined yet simple architecture. They shaped a design aesthetic based upon a straightforward use of materials and motifs that drew from all that California represented: sunshine, the out-of-doors, the edge of a young nation facing the exoticism of the Far East, a place of renewal, and the throwing off of constraints of the East Coast stolidity and conservatism.

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Overview

In the first decade of the last century, architects Charles and Henry Greene developed an astonishingly refined yet simple architecture. They shaped a design aesthetic based upon a straightforward use of materials and motifs that drew from all that California represented: sunshine, the out-of-doors, the edge of a young nation facing the exoticism of the Far East, a place of renewal, and the throwing off of constraints of the East Coast stolidity and conservatism.

This book covers the years 1902 to 1906, during the time that the brothers created their architectural vocabulary. It starts and ends with the same house, the Duncan-Irwin house of 1906, which represents the first completely expressed statement of the architectural vision developed by the Greenes. It was with this house, with its serpentine wall of clinker brick and cobblestone, its graceful gabled rooflines with broad overhangs, its rhythmic pattern of rafter tails, leaded art glass and Japonesque lanterns, that Charles and Henry finally wove together the unified fabric that would come to be called the Greene & Greene style.

Bruce Smith is an independent researcher and writer who focuses on late-nineteenth and early-twentiethcentury architecture and decorative arts. He is a specialist on the life and work of Charles and Henry Greene. His book on their architecture, Greene & Greene Masterworks, was one of the New York Times Editor’s Choice architectural books of the year. He has also written with his wife, Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Japanese Bath, Arts and Crafts Ideals and The Beautiful Necessity: Decorating with Arts and Crafts, as well as numerous magazine articles. He has lectured widely. He lives with his wife and children in coastal Washington.

Alexander Vertikoff is one of the leading photographers in the United States. Specializing in architectural interiors and exteriors, his award-winning images have been on the cover of every issue of American Bungalow magazine as well as on dozens of covers and in hundreds of articles. Vertikoff’s books include American Bungalow Style, Greene & Greene: Masterworks, The Los Angeles Biltmore, Stickley Style: Arts Crafts Homes in the Craftsman Tradition, and
Craftsman Style. His work has been featured in other books, numerous calendars, posters and postcards. He lives in New Mexico.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586858179
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,385,683
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Smith lover of history and historical writing, write on the Arts and Crafts movement, bungalows, craft, and food. Smith was the editor of American Bungalow News and associate editor of American Bungalow magazine. Smith co-owns The Arts and Crafts Press in Berkeley, California, publishers of The Tabby: A Chronicle of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Alexander Vertikoff’s award-winning images have been on the cover of every issue of American Bungalow magazine as well as dozens of covers and hundreds of articles in magazines such as Architectural Digest and The New York Times. His books include American Bungalow Style, Greene & Greene:

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This book grew out of a personal fascination with a 1906 commission of the architectural firm of Greene and Greene, one of their jobs not usually counted among their masterworks. No chairs or tables with intricate inlays of rare woods and abalone shell were designed for it; stained glass artisans were not guided in completing art glass for its doors and windows; nor was there a mahogany and art glass lighting fixture hanging over its dining room table. In fact, it was not even a house they were commissioned to design; it was merely a job handed to the firm for alterations and additions to an existing home that had been recently purchased by the wealthy New Yorker Theodore Irwin.

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Table of Contents

10 | Foreword: The Greenes’ Pasadena, by Dr. Robert Winter

13 | Preface

17 | Introduction

20 | Abbreviations

21 | Chronology

25 | Brothers Together in “This Blooming Place”

35 | Architects Apart

53 | “Spanish Breezes, Italian Sky and Sunsets, Alpine Mountains . . . ”

75 | A Bungalow in Japanese Style

101 | The Corner of Arroyo Terrace and North Grand Avenue

113 | The Ideal Client and House

125 | From the Duncan to the Duncan-Irwin House, 1905 to 1906

173 | A California House

181 | Afterword

183 | Acknowledgments

186 | Bibliography

189 | Index

192 | Photo Credits

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