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Mrs. Jennie A. Reeve House
Long Beach, California, 1903-04
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Mrs. Jennie A. Reeve House
Long Beach, California

In 1903-04 the Greenes designed a four-bedroom, two-story house for Mrs. Jennie A. Reeve, an important civic leader in Long Beach and an activist for progressive women's issues. The commission would encompass not only the architecture of the dwelling itself but also furniture (freestanding and built-in), lighting fixtures, leaded-glass designs, wood carving and landscape features. The Reeve house was distinguished by a multi-gable design with deep, overhanging eaves that threw strong shadows across the planes of the house. The modest landscape plan included a simple post-and-rail fence along the property line and a low gate at the path from the sidewalk. Inside, a square entry hall gave access to the living room on the right, and to a short passage at the foot of the stairway, which led to the dining room on the left. At the foot of the stairs a tall, leaded-art-glass panel stood, showing a landscape scene that indicates the Greenes’ design evolution from the 1902 James Culbertson entry door art-glass. The heart of the Reeve house interior plan circulates around the massive chimney that services three fireplaces on the first level.