John T. Greene House
By 1914, the Greene & Greene firm's familiar vocabulary
of wooden architecture had begun to experience fading popularity.
It resurfaced, however, in a design for Sacramento real estate
developer John Thomas Greene (no immediate relation to the architects).
John T. Greene was struck by the serene beauty of the architects’
work in Pasadena, and especially by the Japanese qualities of
their roof lines and overhanging eaves. The design that Henry
Greene created for John Greene, and his wife, Alvene, was a
distillation of the classic wooden vocabulary that the firm
had all but abandoned a few years earlier. The dimensions of
the facade are based on the Golden Rectangle, the ancient law
of proportion that controls the height as a function of the
base length. Especially notable is an intimate breakfast room
with clear-heart redwood beams and paneling.