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Dr. Arthur A. Libby House
Pasadena, California, 1905
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Dr. Arthur A. Libby House
Pasadena, California

In the design for Dr. Libby the Greenes returned to the concept of the single-ridge roof with a large, unifying gable to give a chalet-like appearance. The roof was elevated to accommodate a full-width upper-level with full-height windows along all four facades. Even so, the eaves were made deep enough to cast shadows over the house to shield the interiors from the sun. The Libby house (before its demolition in 1968) sat well back from the street, as if on a tiered pedestal. Brick pillars complemented the timber porch railing, and a large trellis sheltered the porch alongside one corner of the house. Also beginning to emerge in the Libby design, however, were features of the Greenes' later, better-known houses: deep eaves, expressed joinery, a bedroom balcony (or “sleeping porch”), and a dramatic porte-cochere in the rear, which was used again to even greater effect in the Greenes' Blacker house of 1907.