Greene & Greene The Passion and the Legacy: The Passion and the Legacy

Greene & Greene The Passion and the Legacy: The Passion and the Legacy

by Randell Makinson
     
 

The first time in paperback, Greene &The Passion and the Legacy is a comprehensive overview of the architectural careers of Charles and Henry Greene. Randell Makinson, the foremost authority on their works, has organized their projects into recognizable periods and styles, beginning in 1894 in Pasadena, rising to their masterworks created from 1907 to 1909, and

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The first time in paperback, Greene &The Passion and the Legacy is a comprehensive overview of the architectural careers of Charles and Henry Greene. Randell Makinson, the foremost authority on their works, has organized their projects into recognizable periods and styles, beginning in 1894 in Pasadena, rising to their masterworks created from 1907 to 1909, and culminating in their separate but cooperative careers in the teens. "It is the yin and yang that the brothers brought to each project which is cause for that undeniable spirit pervading each of their joint works," says Makinson. The Greene brothers' sensual blending of architecture, landscape, furnishings, and the decorative arts creates the hallmark of their Craftsman style. Color photography throughout the book highlights their furniture and lighting designs as well as their classic bungalow exteriors; also included are some important archival images and architectural plans.

Randell L. Makinson, Hon. AIA, is the foremost authority on American architects Greene and Greene, having studied their works since 1954, and is director emeritus of the Gamble House. His books Greene and Greene: Architecture as a Fine Art and Greene and Greene: Furniture and Related Designs (both Gibbs Smith, Publisher) have been continuously in print for more than two decades. He lives in Pasadena.

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ISBN-13:
9781586851873
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
10/07/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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When Charles and Henry Greene came to Pasadena to visit their parents in 1893, they had no intention of settling down in Southern California. But upon their arrival they found the scenery spectacular and Pasadena a far more active and vital community than their parents had indicated in their letters. To the north the San Gabriel Mountains overlooked a valley of citrus groves, which the architect Harwell Hamilton harris later compared to a great chenille bedspread. Two miles to the west of the Victorian house that Dr. and Mrs. Greene had rented on Colorado Boulevard (now renowned for its annual New Year's Rose Parade) lay the great Arroyo Seco canyon with newly developed neighborhoods on it perimeter bluffs, trails leading down to its natural streams, varieties of sycamore and oak trees, and a seemingly unending supply of cobblestones-a popular source of building material. In addition, the Pasadena Board of Trade publications described a wide variety of wildflowers, rugged trees linking the present to the past, and a perfect climate attracting visitors during the winter months. Perhaps even more surprising to Charles and Henry were the announcements of business opportunities and the listings of various social and cultural events for a populour interesed in music, art, literature and religion.

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