Woodworkers Resource: Greene and Greene Design

Most of you reading this article will be familiar with these most famous of architect brothers from Pasadena, Charles and Henry Greene, who are widely considered to have made one of the greatest contributions to the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

Today 's their designs remain an influence to many modern woodworkers, this can be seen through the work of woodworkers such as Darrell Peart and Jeffry Lohr. For those interested in American arts and crafts style woodworking the following sites may provide you a valuable resource:

The Gamble House

 

The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours.

Of special interest is a craftsman tour "details and joinery" by Jim Ipekjian which  shows from a craftsman's point of view how The Gamble House was crafted. In which he discusses why woods were chosen, and explains joinery techniques, and explores the thinking and collaboration that led to the actual craftsmanship.


The Greene & Greene Virtual Archives (GGVA)

 

The Greene & Greene Virtual Archives (GGVA) contains images of drawings, sketches, photographs, correspondence, and other historical documents related to the work of the architects Greene & Greene.





The Arts and Crafts Movement started originally in England as a search for authentic design and decoration and a reaction against the overly ornate styles that had developed out of the new age machine-production.

Charles Green interest in the English Arts and Crafts Movement grew during visit to England. The Arts and craft furniture typically is simple in form, without superfluous decoration, often showing the way they were put together. Following the idea of "truth to material", preserving and emphasizing the qualities of the woods used. This can be seen in the work of Greene & Greene .

Greene & Greene office was at its peak during the years 1902-1910, with primary focus on residential design. It was during this period that they created some of their finest work. By 1903, Greene & Greene began providing design and construction supervision of furniture and other interior details. In 1908 they designed what is considered by many to be their master piece The Gamble house.