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George H. Barker House
Pasadena, California, 1902
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George H. Barker House
Pasadena, California

George H. Barker, the owner of the West Side Light Company commissioned the Greenes to design a very large American Colonial house in Pasadena in 1902. They had experience with the Colonial idiom from their work in Boston and proceeded with the design of mansion named “Light Hall.” The house had a two-leveled pillared portico on the front and a double-storied stair-hall entry with multiple windows. This filled the public space with light appropriate to its namesake and the profession of the owner. Although the house did not fit with the Arts and Crafts style for which the Greenes became famous in future projects, there are touches of Arts and Crafts in the unpainted wainscoting, beamed ceiling and medieval-inspired furniture of the breakfast room and the den’s picture-rail banding.