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Estelle Strasburg House
Covina, California

Just at the time when Henry Greene’s financial prospects were looking grim due to lack of work, Estelle Strasburg commissioned a house in early 1929. She was a demanding client and rejected plan after plan based on the location of her own bedroom and the proposed foot traffic flow through the house. The house was sited on a wooded lot in Adams Park in a quiet suburban neighborhood. By 1929 it was not only difficult to purchase the high quality wood for exterior half-timbering and interior finishing for which the Greene firm was well known, but skilled craftsmen were also becoming scare. Henry chose instead to design a stucco exterior with painted wood trim and a steep pitched roof. The entry path through the front garden parallels the short living room wing of the L-shaped plan. The interior walls are plaster with unpainted mahogany trim and molding of lesser quality than could be purchased for the firm’s earlier work. The house stands today in its original location, though it has been mistakenly listed as demolished in some lists of the Greenes’ work.