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William M. Ladd House
Nordhoff (Ojai), California 1913
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William M. Ladd House
Nordhoff (Ojai), California

William Mead Ladd descended from one of the most prominent pioneer families of Portland, Oregon, who had migrated during the California Gold Rush. By 1913, building in stain-grade wood was already on the wane, but Ladd’s timber-country background led him to choose Greene & Greene to design a winter bungalow in the Ojai valley. The straightforward linear design for the 1913 Ladd house is one of the firm’s most elegant architectural solutions- -integrating the needs of the client with an aesthetic response to the location. On the interior, the Greene & Greene style is utilized in restrained and simple detail. The living room is off the major axis of the bedroom wing to capture and help define the outdoor terrace. The exteriors reflect the rugged landscape of the Ojai Valley in such structures as a stone bench on the outside face of the sandstone terrace wall, the stone chimney and the way the large grounds of the property are left in a natural state.