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Emma M. Black House
Pasadena, California, 1903
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Emma M. Black House
Pasadena, California

After rejecting their initial design, Miss Black approved a second version of a Greene & Greene plan for a modest one-and-one-half story, seven-room cottage to be built in a neighborhood of new houses in the east part of town. Built in 1903, the cottage was unusual in that it featured a side entry, allowing the living room to extend uninterrupted across the entire front of the house, a thoughtful solution to the limitations of the narrow residential lot. The entry porch extended along the side of the house and was sheltered by a pergola, a common element in later California Craftsman bungalows. A schoolteacher at a local elementary school, Miss Black remained a faithful client, calling Henry Greene back in 1926 and in 1931 for minor alterations. The house has since been moved to a new location in Pasadena.