"A California House"
Location not specified
"A California House" was designed as a hypothetical,
speculative two-story house, with three bedrooms, a sewing
room, and one bath upstairs. Downstairs, a generous living
room, twenty-six feet long by thirteen feet wide, opens onto
a porch through French doors. The twenty-by-fifteen-foot dining
room was placed at right angles to the living room and was
designed to include a built-in sideboard and two banks of
casement windows. Two of the upstairs bedrooms show built-in
window seats the entire length of the casement windows. The
typed contractor's specifications are similar to those for
other Greene & Greene jobs of the period, but the design
and proposed construction details indicate no expensive options
or materials, and could be honestly described as "plain."
Sadly, “A California House" was never built exactly
as it was designed, though several Greene & Greene houses
of the period were clearly influenced by it. The existence
of the drawings, however, indicates that Greene & Greene
recognized the need for basic, dignified, and cost-effective
housing during a busy period for the firm.