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Dr. Francis Fenelon Rowland House
Pasadena, California, 1903
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Dr. Francis Fenelon Rowland House
Pasadena, California

Dr. Francis Fenelon Rowland, a wealthy medical doctor, sportsman, and founder of the Valley Hunt Club, was a discerning client. In 1903, the Greenes built him a rustic house with a broad gable roof designed to function as both his personal home and his medical office. The family entry was on the short end of the rectangular plan, hidden under low eaves, while the office ran adjacent to the family living quarters. A separate patients’ entrance was easily visible from the street on one of the long, gabled elevations. A double-height ceiling distinguished the patient reception area and this feature was mirrored in the two-story height of the family kitchen on the opposite corner of the house. Kitchen cooking heat and fumes were carried up to vents near the exposed rafters.

The ceilings were made of Oregon pine, and eleven-inch split shakes gave texture to the long broad slope of the roof. The house was moved in 1912 from its South Marengo Street site to its present West State Street location by cutting it in half and then reattaching the sections.