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1902 Arts & Crafts (Craftsman)

Historic Prospect District
Pasadena, California 91103


The home of Charles Sumner Greene circa 1902
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West patio
West patio
Brick patio and wall seat
Interior entry
Interior entry
The gourmet catering-style kitchen features custom made cabinetry to compliment the homes design. It features a stainless steel Viking commercial-type stove, stainless Sub Zero refrigerator, 2 separate stainless sinks, dishwasher and more-than-ample cupboards, storage and pantry areas for the enthusiastic cook. The breakfast area offers plenty of room for a large table.
Exterior view of house
Exterior view of house
Note the stone & clinker-brick wall that surrounds the front of the property. This wall extends along the entire block and, when built, set the tone for the street where the Greene Brothers built several other homes.
Formal dining room
Formal dining room
Accented by a large bay window and a fireplace, note the original leaded glass china cabinets.
Living room
Living room
View from living room looking into the entry hall. Note the ceiling and the carefully-reproduced stained-glass light fixture.
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Note the beautiful woods and original tile fireplace. The master bedroom enjoys two separate porch areas, one with a view of the Rose Bowl and the San Gabriel mountains in the distance.
The Wisteria-covered Pergola
The Wisteria-covered Pergola
Designed, but never built by Charles Greene, the pergola was commissioned to be built the original specifications by architect/ historian / author, Randell Makinson in 1998. Note the rock & clinker-brick wall and small fishpond below.
Bedrooms 6
Full Baths 4
Half Baths 1
Heated Sq. Ft. 4,138
Stories 3
Lot Size 6800


  • 1st Floor Bath
  • 1st Floor Bedroom
  • Den
  • Dining room
  • Entry Hall
  • Finished Basement
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Room
  • Living room
  • Master bedroom upstairs
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Fenced Yard
  • Gated Entry
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Sprinkler System
  • Fireplaces
  • Original wood windows
  • Wood floors
  • Central air
  • City sewer
  • City water supply
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Gas heating
  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Security System
  • Sprinkler System
  • Water Heater - Gas
  • Butler's Pantry
  • Claw-foot Tub(s)
  • Sleeping Porch
  • 4 fireplaces
  • Arroyo stone
  • Clinker brick
  • Greene & Greene
  • Maid's room
  • Octagonal study
  • Scarf joints
  • Views / mountain & Arroyo

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Sited on a knoll overlooking Pasadena's Arroyo Seco and famous Rose Bowl with its views of the distant San Gabriel Mountains, the home of Charles & Alice Greene began as a simple 2 bdrm, 1 bath structure in 1902. Following a lengthy honeymoon abroad, where Charles Greene became keenly interested in Europe's Arts & Crafts movement, the Greene's purchased a lot to build their home, later christened "Oakholm".

Throughout the following years, the house was expanded to accommodate the growing family and staff, and "each room addition stretched the limits of new ideas a little further... and one can trace the evolution of ideas springing from Charles' imagination ". ( quote by Randell Makinson,AIA). The home, considered to be Charles' "experimental laboratory", incorporated textures and interior colors that were eventually used in future Greene & Greene designs.
Charles Greene's octagonal-walled, in-home studio, once accessed by only a ladder, remains as one of the most interesting rooms in the house, and was his personal retreat from where Charles would sketch many of his designs.

Comprised of 6-7 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, a formal dining room, 4 fireplaces, a butler's pantry, a remodeled architecturally-complimenting catering-style kitchen, a service porch/laundry room ( formerly Charles' workshop ) and a single car garage ( built to accommodate Charles Greene's purchase of a new Packard automobile in 1911), the home was extensively restored by noted architect/ historian/ author Randell Makinson in 1998, including the construction of the wisteria-vined-covered pergola, designed but never built by Charles Greene.

Located in the Park Place Tract of Pasadena
( also known as "Little Switzerland") , Oakholm was the first of eleven residences to be built within the immediate neighborhood, an area now considered to be the greatest single concentration of the Green Brothers' work, including the famous Gamble House and the Duncan-Irwin House.

Archived in March, 2011

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