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A Greene & Greene Walkabout

Apr 25, 2012

DSC 02991 300x190 A Greene & Greene Walkabout Pasadena home tours house tours home tours greene and greene descanso gardens Arts Council American Arts & Crafts  photoIn case you didn’t get a chance to go on the Arroyo’s Edge: Greene and Greene Interiors Tour last Saturday, we went for you.

Six private homes and gardens were open to viewing (though no interior photography was allowed) in historic Park Place. On a beautiful Saturday, people strolled along Arroyo Terrace, Grand Avenue, and Live Oak and Holly Streets relishing the renowned architecture of that famous brotherly duo of Henry and Charles Greene, who established their firm in 1894, only dissolving it when Charles moved to Carmel in 1922.

As you will see, our photographs are not confined to the G & G homes, as we were lured by everything and anything in this lovely neighborhood.

(We commend the organizers for the 1-4 p.m. time frame as the afternoon light—the sun heading towards the western horizon—dramatically enhanced the beauty around us.)

Below, we begin with the Van Rossem-Neil house (1903, 1906) at 400 Arroyo Terrace.

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Below: Divine garage doors; Charles S. Greene House (1902-16) at 368 Arroyo Terrace.

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Below: Quaint entranceway just next door.

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Below: the crème de la crème Duncan-Irwin house (1906-08) at 240 N. Grand Avenue.

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This tree at the entrance was mammoth and spectacular, thus the extra images.

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Okay, now back to architecture.

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Below: the variations of the James Culbertson house over the years, located at 235 N. Grand Ave.

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Maybe it’s a little odd to include these shots, but we were drawn to them…

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The garage at 235 N. Grand Avenue.

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Below: some other lovely sites and habitats on Grande Avenue.

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Below: on the property of the Victorian at the corner of Holly Street and Orange Grove Boulevard.

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Along Orange Grove Boulevard.

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Below: the Mary L. Ranney house (1907) who apprenticed with the Greenes before founding Pasadena’s Westridge School for Girls in 1913. It is currently owned by the past president of the Pasadena Arts Council and the current Executive Director of the Descanso Gardens, David Brown, and his wife Judy.

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With the tour finished, everyone gathered on the back terrace of the Gamble house for reviving libations, victuals and conversation. But, first, a few last architectural details.

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Greene & Greene descendants meeting for the first time. Left to right: Dyke Messler, Tracy Hirrel, Virginia Hales, and Margo Winslow.

 

Below: Kristin Pipal of Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc., who designed the upstairs vestibule at the Showcase House (article and images here.)

 

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Below: Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, who eight years ago was the project manager for the Gamble House restoration project.

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So, the day of Greene & Greene immersion came to an end—and we shall end with one last image.

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1 Response for “A Greene & Greene Walkabout”

  1. Splendid! You inspire me to snoop around that neighborhood a bit more. A lot more, as a matter of fact.

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