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Mrs. Josephine Van Rossem House, #3
Pasadena, California, 1905-06
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Mrs. Josephine Van Rossem House, #3
Pasadena, California

For the first time since the Edgar Camp house of 1904, the Greenes returned to an obliquely angled plan to take advantage of the sloping topography of the lot, the mountain views, and the courtyard ambiance that a V-shaped plan could give the rear of the house. Glazed doors from the living room, the hallway, and three of the four bedrooms opened directly out to the garden. A massive foundation of Arroyo cobblestones and boulders raised the living quarters-sheathed in spilt redwood shakes-above the noise and dust of the street and allowed for construction of a full cellar above grade. The bedroom wing was angled to the northwest, away from the street side of the plan that was occupied by the dining room, living room and hall. The Van Rossem interior was striking for its use of broad redwood boards in the living room, and artistically perforated Oregon pine paneling in the dining room. Unlike the two previous houses the Greenes had designed for Mrs. Van Rossem, this house wold be her own residence.