GREENE & GREENE Masterworks
by Bruce Smith and Alexander Vertikoff
Hardback with slip cover, first edition, 1998. 240 pages
The elegant houses designed by Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene have come to define the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States. A seamless fusion of simplicity and sophisticated detail with meticulous attention to building materials and natural surroundings, each Greene and Greene house is a model of timeless home design. Greene & Greene Masterworks is the first book to present the brothers’ most important works, complete with lush color photographs.
Greene & Greene surveys twenty-five masterpieces produced by the firm from the turn of the century to the twenties. From Pasadena’s eminent Gamble House and Berkeley’s Thorsen House to lesser-known residences throughout California, the natural warmth of these structures rises to a graceful canopy over the entrance hall in the Blacker House, an impressive bank of tall windows distinguishes the Bolton House; the James House, boldly perched on a rocky cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, exemplifies the union of architecture and nature. A number of the residences shown in Greene & Greene are presented for the first time after careful restoration.