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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.