Mss. Martha, Violet and Jane White House
This commission for a residence for Charles Greene’s sisters-in-law
provided an opportunity for refining new ideas that would mature
as the firm’s work evolved. The house was designed to
integrate its natural environment on the Arroyo Seco with Charles’
house next door. The arrangement of brick and stone on the exterior
lower floor and wooden shake on the upper level was intended
to imply an organic naturalness of materials in the construction.
This house whose plan reflects the shape of the lot, is the
Greenes first use of the obliquely angled plan that would be
used in many subsequent houses. It also initiates their use
of the projecting beam. It was this project that also marked
the Greenes’ commitment to overall design in the craftsman
tradition as they designed furniture to fit the rooms and demonstrated
the importance of window light in their designs.