Art: In the Japanese Manner

Near the end of the 19th century, two young architects from Boston went west to open an office in Pasadena and to create something new: a California-style house. Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, M.I.T. graduates, looked at the West Coast landscape and studied the terrain and walked through the streets of the cities. At the beautiful Japanese tea gardens in Pasadena and in the oriental shops of San Francisco, they encountered an influence that had never touched their imagination before—the spell of oriental art.

When the Brothers Greene produced their new style...

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