John C. Bentz Store Building
The John C. Bentz Store was designed as a retail business
block for John Bentz, a dealer in high end Chinese and Japanese
art. The two-story brick sheathed-in-cement building with
structural support provided by interior iron columns was built
near the Greenes’ office. Its exterior design was simple,
without much ornament to complement the traditional simplicity
of the oriental art objects sold in the store. An addition
to finish off the second story was commissioned by Mr. Bentz
from Henry Greene in 1924 but it was never executed. The importance
of the Bentz store to the Greenes’ practice was its
proximity and use as inspiration for oriental design ideas.
Due to frequent visits to the shop, a close relationship developed
between the Bentz family and Henry and Charles Greene. This
resulted in both John Bentz and his brother, Nathan later
becoming clients for the Greenes’ home designs.