Restoring a Classic Greene & Greene Craftsman

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There’s more   information about the restoration on architect Tim Andersen’s site   with photos by Alex Vertikoff and John Muir. Here’s how it looks now, with the new design elements blending seamlessly with the old:

“The house had been modified and enlarged over its 74 year history, and many original features lost. The alcove was   a later addition. Here’s hoping the new owner is someone who appreciates its history and maintains its Craftsman details! The 6-bedroom, 7-bath house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Trailing vine leaps at the right moments to cover holes in tiles.” Pretty clever solution. Bolton commissioned the house from Greene Greene but died before he could move in. Some of these are older listing photos I found via   Curbed. P.S. Simple, classic, beautiful. We rebuilt these in Port Orford cedar. Our kitchen design replaced a 1952 remodel done in Chuckwagon Modern. The Bolton/Culbertson House in Pasadena was built   in 1906 by notable   architects Charles and Henry Greene, but many of the original details had been   lost over the years. When I learned it was a Greene Greene that had been restored, I got all kinds of excited. The front door is 58″ wide and the glass has a trailing vines motif that they carried into the living room when they restored the original fireplace:

This staircase is one of my favorite things in the house. Metalsmith cut design from a full size drawing we provided. Enter   Tim Andersen, the architect who restored the beautiful Craftsman with gleaming woodwork and built-ins to die for. Check the Crosby Doe Associates website for more information. It’s on the market, so take a look…
Dr. The Greene Greene archives have the original house plans and black and white photos, which are pretty cool to see, too. Small casements (found in the basement) above new bench, box beams, and trim were all installed by master craftsman Glen Stewart.” Here’s how it looks now:

That’s   Grueby tile   on the fireplace, which was known for its popularity during the Arts and Crafts movement. They found the tile behind a wall that was added during the   1918 remodel. Architect Tim Andersen, who led the restoration efforts, says the original features were reproduced in the living room “based on a tiny pre-1918 photo.” Here’s how it looked when they were working on it:

He says, “When we removed canvas that had been glued to living room walls and ceilings in 1918 remodel, we found the Greenes’ original paint colors and a perfect impression of box beams and trim. Get Your “House Fix” with My Weekly Newsletter: Much of the interior was restored, but living room, exterior terrace, and kitchen had to be entirely rebuilt.”

The Greenes used mahogany for the paneling and trim. It’s currently   on the market for $2.845 million. Where possible we recovered the Greenes’ designs.

Updated: 19.12.2014 — 02:56