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Edward B. Hosmer House
Pasadena, California, 1897
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Edward B. Hosmer House
Pasadena, California

The Hosmer house establishes the Greenes’ growing attention to specific building materials during the early years of their practice. The Hosmer house relates simultaneously to Dutch Colonial and Mission Revival styles, though classical details are inserted, too, including fluted columns, scrolled brackets and a wreath-and-garland relief. The tile roof's galvanized iron gutters channeled rain to gooseneck pipes. The pipes terminated in cement gargoyles' mouths that spat the rain, waterfall-like, into wide collectors and downspouts anchored by elaborately scrolled iron straps. The interior rooms are identified with the predominant wood to be used: the main hall and dining rooms to be in oak-paneled wainscoting, the living room in curly redwood, and the parlor in Shasta pine. The intricate leaded-glass stair-landing window and stair-hall skylight designs were detailed on separate sheets of linen.