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William E. Hamlin House
Pasadena, California, 1914-16
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William E. Hamlin House
Pasadena, California

Among several unbuilt projects for 1915-16 is a design for William E. Hamlin of Syracuse, who commissioned Greene & Greene to develop plans and elevations for a three-story mansion in Pasadena. As Charles Greene was involved in other projects, Henry Greene proceeded on the design. The design is much out of character for the Greenes. Its solid masonry and concrete construction, the three-story exterior elevations, and tiled roof are as formally and symmetrically balanced as mirror images. On the ground floor, difference in room functions forced some break in the symmetrical floor plan, but the second floor has almost no variation. One of Henry’s schemes was an uncharacteristic Beaux-Arts design that opposed the ideals of function-driven form that the Greenes had followed for years. Hamlin died before construction could begin and his widow chose not to build the residence.