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William A. Bowen House
Altadena, California, 1905
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William A. Bowen House
Altadena, California

By the end of 1904, Greene & Greene were preparing plans for Mr. Bowen, an attorney from Baltimore, who had purchased his rural property in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains earlier in the year. The house, which also included a storehouse, a chicken house and a corral, was to be a rustic ranch-like retreat. The one-story L-plan referred to the California hacienda tradition first used in the Bandini house of 1903, by having two of the three bedrooms open only to the outdoors. The third bedroom opens to the outdoors, but also communicates with the rest of the house. A wrap-around terrace across the front (south) is punctuated by battered boulder stone piers linked by rails. A pergola partially covers the terrace to shelter the front door. L-shaped window bays project from both front corners of the house, allowing east, south and west light into the principal rooms and providing interior window seats. The house is clad in shingles; the more rustic outbuildings are simple board and batten.