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Tod Ford, Jr. House
Pasadena, California, 1908
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Tod Ford, Jr. House
Pasadena, California

The Greenes prepared plans in February 1901 for two bungalows to be built in Ocean Park (now part of Santa Monica) for David Tod Ford, Sr., president of the Youngstown Iron and Steel Co. Although these bungalows were never built, this was the beginning of the Greenes' fruitful relationship with the Ford family. In April 1901, Mr. Ford purchased a large Shingle Style house on South Grand Avenue in Pasadena. In 1905 and 1906, the Greenes designed alterations and additions to his Grand Avenue property.

In the meantime, however, the Fords had persuaded Mr. and Mrs. Henry Robinson (Mrs. Robinson was Mrs. Ford's cousin) to purchase a parcel north of theirs on Grand Avenue. The Robinsons commissioned their house from the Greenes in 1905, and in 1906, Freeman Ford, Tod Ford's son, commissioned his house from the Greenes, to be sited between his father's and the Robinson's property. After Ford's death in 1907, his other son, Tod, Jr., lived in the family home, commissioning the Greenes to do further alterations and additions to the main house, and in 1908 to a bungalow at the rear of the property. Tod Jr. demolished both buildings in 1917 to make way for his new house, designed by Reginald Johnson.