ROOMS WITH A VIEW: A Private Tour and Reception

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Duncan-Irwin House

240 North Grand Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91103

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Join us for an exclusive tour of the Duncan-Irwin house, Charles and Henry Greene’s masterpiece on the edge of Pasadena’s scenic Arroyo Seco

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ROOMS WITH A VIEW:

A Private Tour and Reception at the Duncan-Irwin House

Saturday, September 21, 2019

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

$100 per person. Tickets are limited.

Please join us on Saturday, September 21, 2019 for an exclusive tour of the Duncan-Irwin house (1906-1908), Charles and Henry Greene’s masterpiece on the edge of Pasadena’s scenic Arroyo Seco. Rarely open to the public, this privately-owned home represents an important milestone in the architectural evolution of Greene & Greene’s work, predating The Gamble House. After years of careful stewardship, the Duncan-Irwin house stands today as a proud example of the best of the Greenes’ classic era. Come celebrate the completion of its most recent, painstaking restoration. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the current homeowners, our tour will include access to the entire home and gardens with a reception, live music, and program to follow. A curated collection of exquisite art and antiques currently fills the home, matching the Greenes’ splendor and eclectic sensibilities, and bringing it to life in a way that is as dynamic now as it was in 1906. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience one of Greene & Greene’s greatest Arts & Crafts houses, furnished in a sympathetic and inspired way that brings out its best qualities.

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In 1906, the Greenes were brought in to redesign a modest one-story shingled cottage on a bluff overlooking the Arroyo Seco; the structure had been moved to the site by seamstress Katherine Duncan in 1901. Working for the new owner, Theodore Irwin Jr., a collector of art and rare books, the brothers reinvented the home, doubling the size and adding a second story. The architects’ unmistakable style is evident in every corner, yet tantalizing vestiges of the original Duncan cottage still remain. The creation of an interior two-story courtyard with a fountain and water lilies, framed by a rustic pergola-like screen overhead, is one of the Greenes’ most inspired architectural devices. Dramatic in scale, yet intimate in feeling, it allowed moonlight to shine into the center of the home, to the delight of the Irwin family. Charles and Henry Greene’s deft handling of the indigenous California rancho courtyard, coupled with inspiration drawn from Swiss chalets and Japanese temples, blend seamlessly in a home of sublime beauty and elegance.

The Duncan-Irwin house is situated in the Arroyo Terrace National Register Historic District, located just south of the Gamble House. Sometimes called “Little Switzerland” by early 20th century writers, it featured chalet-style homes, gabled roofs, open sleeping porches, and mountain views. The neighborhood contains the highest concentration of Greene & Greene homes anywhere. Most of the tract lots were arranged around the lake-like reservoir (since removed) with tree-shaded paths, scenic views, and meandering clinker brick and boulder walls. It was the perfect place for Greene & Greene to develop their design aesthetic, surrounded by the lush Southern California landscape. Join us for this landmark tour and reception at the most prominent of the Greenes’ homes in “Little Switzerland,” the Duncan-Irwin house.

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Duncan-Irwin House

240 North Grand Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91103

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