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Walter D. Valentine Houses
Altadena, California

Executed in 1922-24, Henry Greene designed a new cottage, gate portals and extensive alterations to existing cottages in Wild Wood Park, a development owned by Walter D. Valentine at the end of a private driveway. Henry Greene gave considerable attention to this project perhaps due to the recent departure of Charles Greene for Carmel-by-the-Sea. There was little work remaining for the firm at this time. Henry Greene designed extensive additions to the existing board-and-batten structure of the existing cottages that included a new entryway, living room and terrace. These additions proved Henry Greene’s sensitivity to the site and naturalistic landscaping. The cottages’ exposed trusses were decorated with wrought iron and hung with mica lanterns, and the firm’s classic arroyo-stone and clinker-brink chimneys were used. Henry proposed an English Arts and Crafts design for a new cottage but Walter Valentine chose instead an Americanized Craftsman idiom to match the older cottages.