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Freeman A. Ford House
Pasadena, California, 1906-08
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Freeman A. Ford House
Pasadena, California

Freeman A. Ford, vice-president of the Pasadena Ice Company, commissioned a house by the Greenes in 1906. The plans called for a courtyard house with a stucco finish and half-timbering on the exterior walls of an upper level sleeping porch. Although the final house differed from this original plan, it was built with an elegant courtyard designed for privacy and finished with tile pavers, brick steps, and a pebble-dash fountain. The remarkable entrance door is a wooden frame in a stylized human figure surrounding an art glass peacock-feather design in blue, green and cream. The interior massing of the rooms and the Greene designed details, fixtures, and ornaments only enhance the spectacular views of the ravine and the hills. The house was completed in 1908.