Important “Arts and Crafts” Architecture Archive Gifted to the Huntington Library

David and Mary Gamble with architect Charles Greene (left) (ca. 1907), visiting the site of their future Pasadena residence (all images from the Greene & Greene Archives, courtesy The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens)

Brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene made a name for themselves in architecture, creating signature homes in the “arts and crafts” style after they relocated from their early architectural training and apprenticeship in Boston, Massachusetts to Pasadena, California, in 1893. Their private practice went on to design landmark residential projects in collaboration with highly skilled craftspeople and artists, including for houses James Culbertson, Mary Darling, Theodore Irwin Jr., Robert R. Blacker, David Gamble, William Thorsen, and Charles Pratt, during the first decade of the 20th century. The firm was officially dissolved in 1922, as each brother pursued independent projects.

Now, the Gamble House Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that oversees the iconic 1908 American Craftsman home in Pasadena designed by the Greenes, officially gifted the archives to the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Garden, where they have been housed since 1987. The collection was previously owned and administered by the USC School of Architecture and is comprised of approximately 6,000 items, including design drawings and photographs, business correspondence, family papers, notebooks, scrapbooks, artifacts, and reference books from the brothers’ libraries.

By Indana