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Dr. W. T. Bolton House, #1
Pasadena, California, 1900
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Dr. W. T. Bolton House, #1
Pasadena, California

This first house for Dr. Bolton, with its barn-like gables, signaled a shift in the Greenes’ designs away from fussy late-Victorian exteriors and interiors to a more sober and simple vocabulary. Rough sawn timbers, a cobblestone chimney, and rustic built-in benches reflected the growing interest in Arts and Crafts aesthetics. The simplicity of the floor plans showed the client’s willingness to take advantage of the more casual lifestyle that Southern California promised. Dr. Bolton became a faithful client, commissioning a total of three houses from the Greenes.