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Arturo Bandini House
Pasadena, California, 1903
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Arturo Bandini House
Pasadena, California

The Arturo Bandini residence reshaped the Greenes’ thinking on defining California Architecture. Bandini's father, Don Juan Bandini, was an important figure in California’s political and economic history. With his wife, Helen Elliott Bandini, whose father had been a founder of Pasadena, they desired a design that would reflect the romance of the pueblo and rancho life of the early Californians. The design made use of both the classic u-shaped plan of the casa de rancho and the needs and materials of a modern California home. Although built of wood rather than adobe, it had a welcoming open courtyard flanked on three sides by sheltering corredores. Posts that sat on partly sunken stones, thereby blending Hispanic traditions with traditional Japanese building methods, supported the roofs of these verandas. The house was demolished in the 1960s.