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R. Henry C. Green House
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1904
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R. Henry C. Green House
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Roger Henry Carleton Green, a barrister from Ireland, arrived in Vancouver, Canada, in 1904. He had become acquainted with the Greenes’ work during the time he lived in Sierra Madre, California, near Pasadena. Green employed them to design his home in the West End of Vancouver and likely had a local architect supervise construction. The R. Henry C. Green house is a two-story, five-bedroom house with an English-style half-timbered exterior treatment similar to the Culbertson house of 1902. A single-level octagonal conservatory, with a reinforced glass roof, projects like a pavilion from the side of the house. The first impression of this house is that it is less distinctive than some of the other projects designed during this time, but the axial geometry of the living room plan is unique. The first floor plan allows for a clear sight line from the reception hall through the drawing-room windows to the rear veranda, a precursor to the close connection between entry and rear garden that the Greenes would routinely establish in their larger projects. Also prescient in the design is the square-cross plan of the drawing room, like that of the Gamble house of 1908, that divides the room into functional areas, with an inglenook facing a square bay of windows. Drawings for alterations to the house were prepared by Henry Greene in 1925.