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Henry A. Ware. House
Pasadena, California, 1913
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Henry A. Ware House
Pasadena, California

The Greenes designed the Henry A. Ware house in Pasadena according to the client’s demands for a traditional English-style home. Henry Ware had asked also that the design resemble his former residence in the Eastern United States. Like the Kew house of 1912, the upper portion of the house is of shingle with the ground floor made of plaster. The interior details of the dining room and stairwell are strongly English in style, but in the living room the Greenes successfully introduced other forms. For the living room, because of Mrs. Ware’s poor eyesight, the lighting was a special design challenge. Below the beamed ceiling, sixty electric lights are concealed behind a redwood molding that curves subtly away from the wall, acting as a shield from incandescent glare. The result is a warm glow that subtly circles the room.