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John Lambert House
Pasadena, California, 1910
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John Lambert House
Pasadena, California

Between 1909 and 1910, the Greenes began a departure from their typical wooden bungalow-style designs. One example is the large house designed for John Lambert, a former Chicago resident, vice president of the Crown City National Bank, and president of the Pasadena Consolidated Water Company. A dramatic move from the vocabulary that had made Greene & Greene famous, the house was planned with a stucco or Gunite exterior, with exposed wood confined to the rafters, verge boards, major lintels and beams. In response to the plasticity of the material, the overall design is softer, more sculptured and less linear than the Greenes’ earlier work. However, the roof pitch and overall horizontal design is consistent with the Greenes’ classic wooden bungalows. As in other early projects, structural conventions of adobe building are present, including corner buttresses and tapered chimneys. Vast terraces flank the dining and living rooms to the rear and great retaining walls and planter areas reach out from the main structure into the gardens. However, Lambert chose not to build the scale of the project and the Greenes’ criteria for craftmanship made it cost prohibitive. He turned to other architects and built a much more modest two-story, tile-roofed Spanish Revival house on the same site.