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Lucretia R. Garfield House
South Pasadena, California, 1903-04
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Lucretia R. Garfield House
South Pasadena, California

Lucretia R. Garfield, widow of the assassinated president of the United States, first contacted Charles Greene, a distant relative, in May 1903 to build her a winter residence in South Pasadena. Delayed by financial problems, the project was brought back to life in 1904. Mrs. Garfield was very involved in the design process and Charles had to compromise repeatedly on many details. The result was a six-bedroom three-story Chalet form house that sits on the edge of a hillside. On the back or downhill side of the house are the kitchen, laundry porch, and servants’ rooms, all invisible to the upstairs household. There are banks of casement windows on this south side, which makes the dining room, breakfast alcove, sunporch, and living room light and airy. In 1916, the Greenes made alterations to the house to accommodate an elevator.