Greene & Greene – Mary E. Cole House

Mary E. Cole House

Mary E. Cole House

Situated next door to the famous Gamble House in Pasadena, California is the Mary Cole House. Just like the Gamble House the architectural firm Greene & Greene designed this beach bungalow. The home was constructed for John Cole (his wife was named marry), owner of a local flour and wheat milling company. The house was built in 1906 and placed heavy emphasis on the upward sweeping chimneys that also served as support for the second story. The home also featured something common for the area which was vast expansive porches overlooking the beautiful California country side.

The sweeping chimney has got to be my favorite part of the structure because it must have took hundreds of man hours for stone masons to stack and mortar the stones in a way that would transmit the smoke from the fireplace and serve as a structural support. Considering that the home was constructed at the turn of the 20th century the sophistication represented by the elaborate chimney was revolutionary for that time. This home also signifies early 1900s California by the fact that the home sits on a rather large lot of land. Currently the home is utilized as the main office and recreation center for a local Pasadena Church.

 

Morgan Mays

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