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F.W. Hawks House
Pasadena, California, 1906
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F.W. Hawks House
Pasadena, California

In 1906 Frank W. Hawks asked the Greenes to design a house for his lot near Charles Greene's house on the Arroyo Seco. The firm's original plans, completed in July, called for a courtyard plan, similar to that of the Bandini house, but with a grand double-height living room with exposed trusses and a massive fireplace. Although Hawks came from a well-to-do family in Goshen, Indiana, and had married a Wisconsin paper-company heiress, the house he eventually built on the site was less grand. The final plans, completed in August, show it to be a close copy of the straightforward California Craftsman chalet designed for Louise Bentz in the Prospect neighborhood, with one major difference: the addition of a deep, covered porch and second-story balcony on the front, facing the view to the north. The pebble and brick driveway evokes the bed of a natural stream flowing down from the reservoir above the property, and the brick and Arroyo stone pillars flanking it at the sidewalk tie the site to others in the burgeoning "Little Switzerland" neighborhood.