The Houses of California, Greene & Greene, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Collection Exhibition

The Gamble House, 1974 ©Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

In 1974, Ishimoto Yasuhiro visited Pasadena, California, to take photographs of residential houses made by the American architects Greene & Greene. The brothers, Charles and Henry Greene designed a number of elegant timber-frame buildings incorporating aspects of Japanese architecture in the 1900s, which earned them a reputation as “the last and only stars” of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Just like in his previous pictures of the Katsura Imperial Villa, in his photographs of six residential buildings including the well-known Gamble House and Blacker House, Ishimoto paid minute attention to details of materials, joints and seams, and the relationship between building and garden, capturing his subjects once again according to his distinguished sense of design.


Greene & Greene
With their architectural firm they established and ran together in Pasadena, California, brothers Charles (1868-1957) and Henry (1870-1954) Greene from Cincinnati, Ohio, exerted a profound influence on American architecture in the early 20th century. They are primarily known for elegant residential building designs inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and Japanese traditional architecture.


The Exhibition Related Special Lecture

The Spell of Japan in California:
Greene & Greene Architecture and the Photography of Ishimoto Yasuhiro

by Edward “Ted” Bosley
Director, The Gamble House
University of Southern California School of Architecture

Date and Time: Sunday, 9 April, 2017 14:00-15:30
Venue: Lecture room in the Museum of Art, Kochi
Free, booking is not required, 50 seats available on first-come basis on the day