Greene & Greene
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Brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, who established the architectural firm of Greene and Greene, were born in Brighton, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, in 1868 and 1870. The Greene brothers attended MIT School of architecture and received a partial completion certificate in 1891. They worked for a number of architectural firms in Boston Massachusetts until they moved in 1893 to Pasadena California. The Architectural firm of Greene and Greene was established in Pasadena in January of 1894. Charles Greene visited the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis Missouri where they were influenced by Japanese architecture. The Greene Brothers became well known architects of the Arts and Crafts Era after Charles Green married Alice Gordon White, and they honeymooned in Europe and her native England. Following that trip the firm began developing the distinctive stylistic elements that came together in their grand works of 1907-09. The Greenes developed a following within the Arts and Crafts movement receiving commissions to design furnishings for their houses. Charles Greene's sketches for the 1903 Mary Darling house were published in the Academy Architecture the same year, representing the firm's first foreign publication of work. The Greenes are famous for the "Ultimate Bungalows" which are finely crafted homes built around the turn of the century. Perhaps, the most famous of the "ultimate bungalows" is the Gamble House in Pasadena. The use of picture rails for hanging pictures was a design theme of the craftsman movement that the Greenes used in many of there works. The Greenes were known for hanging pictures by thick leather straps from the picture rails in their designs such as the Gamble house and Barker house.
Our picture rail and color scheme was inspired by the Greene & Greene designs of the Gamble House. We hope to add more touches of the Green brothers when we start on the exterior renovation.
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