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Henry K. Bradley House
Pasadena, California, 1909-1910
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Henry K. Bradley House
Pasadena, California

Henry Greene took charge of this project while his brother was in England. Lasting a little over a year, the design process yielded 131 drawings (now in the Avery Library collection) and showed five distinct designs. A perspective sketch shows the house sitting on a small rise of land, approached by a sloping walkway on either side of a porte-cochere. In both cases one arrives at the lower terrace where one ascends several sets of steps to the main terrace and entry. The hill site might be the reason that throughout the five projects, the dimensions of the house stay relatively the same. In the early phases, the main core of the house centered on the living room, which one entered directly from the front door, and the kitchen/service areas directly behind it. With that key functionality established, various other rooms--dining room, eating porch, den and others--were juggled and arranged in various sizes and placements. The upstairs is consistent in the number of bedrooms (4 on the second floor) and sewing room. In the final design, probably that shown in the perspective sketch, there is now an ample entry way, with a living room running the length of one side of the house, with a large chimney, facing the terrace. The dining room, kitchen, and pantry are efficiently placed on the other side of the hallway. The back of the house has a den, another terrace, and a screen porch. The second floor is relatively unchanged and now there is a third floor, with bedrooms five and six. Had it been built at this size and on its elevated site, the result would have been an imposing and important bungalow.