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The House That Sunshine and Oranges Built
James R. Dennison House Salon
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Charles and Henry Greene weren't the only brother architect team refining the Arts and Crafts style in Southern California.

Arthur and Alfred Heineman were also designing "ultimate bungalows" for wealthy patrons. In 1913, orchardist and director of the San Dimas Orange Growers' Association James R. Dennison commissioned Heineman & Heineman to design a unique custom home in the tony West Adams Heights district with generous and elegant details.

During the teens, owning a custom-designed house became a social indicator of one's "arrival" in society. The Heinemans were two of the high-quality designers of the arts and crafts style who served these patrons. According to Gebhard and Winter's An Architectural Guide Book to Los Angeles, the brothers were responsible for several important houses south of the freeway in Pasadena that are among the "...finest collection of Craftsman architecture outside of Berkeley."

Arthur and Alfred Heineman were also widely published. Their bungalows and bungalow courts appeared frequently in Western Architect. Their Bowen Court (1913) in Pasadena was one of the first bungalow courts ever constructed. Their Gless House (1913), according to Gebhard and Winter, combined traces of Frank Lloyd Wright on the exterior with the fine interiors of Charles Greene.

SAH/SCC invites you to join us for an intimate afternoon salon where guests will have the opportunity to tour the partially-restored house, learn more about the Heinemans' work, and reflect on elite turn-of-the century living in Los Angeles' original "Westside."

Past SAH/SCC President Merry Ovnick, Ph.d., author of "Los Angeles: The End of the Rainbow," and real estate expert David Raposa will share more about the architects, the area, and the era. The relaxed salon atmosphere will include wine and light appetizers suitable to good conversation. Spaces are limited and advance tickets are required. SAH/SCC member tickets are $20, non-members $55.

 

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