An Homage to Greene & Greene

What happens when you work with a client who grew up in Oregon, lived in Asia, and bought an Italianate four-square in DC?

While he lived on the west coast, he became enamored with the Arts & Crafts style of Greene & Greene—the Pasadena brother-architects whose signature, early 20th century bungalows bore Japanese influence. When our client moved to Asia, he saw some of those direct reflections—and took them back with him when he moved to Washington.

In the process of renovating his Washington home, he asked for a grand master bedroom, combining two existing bedrooms into one big ode to Greene & Greene. Architect Sydney Katz found Dale Barnard, a craftsman in Indiana who does nothing but reproduce Greene & Green millwork and furniture, to help realize the vision she and principal Melanie Giordano were sketching out. Dale fabricated all of the room’s intricate cabinetry—and taught the contractors with Alliance Builders how to install them.

Dale also fabricated the doors, but for the door that leads into the bedroom from the central stair hall (below), the client wanted a large panel of stained glass in the Greene & Greene style. Sydney contacted Theodore Ellison, whose leaded-glass workshop in Oakland, California, focuses on that look in addition to Art Nouveau and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style. Theodore created a leaded-glass panel with a peach-tree design, which symbolizes good luck and hospitality. Keeping in that tradition, the lighting for this space came from Old California Lighting, whose fixtures complement the style.

Many thanks to Alliance Builders and designer Tracy Morris for helping our client and his wife create a Greene-and-Green-inspired retreat inside their Washington home.