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March 13, 2009 – June 7, 2009
17th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Location: Special Exhibition Gallery, 1st Floor
On view are approximately 130 objects designed by brothers Charles and Henry Greene, including beautifully inlaid furniture crafted from exotic hardwoods, artfully executed stained glass and metalwork, as well as rare architectural drawings and photographs. The brothers' architecture and decorative arts -- designed a century ago in California -- are now recognized internationally as among the finest of the American Arts and Crafts movement. The Greene brothers carefully considered every detail of the buildings and objects they designed, and like their contemporary Frank Lloyd Wright, they believed architecture to be no less than a design language for life, imbuing their houses and furnishings with an expressive sensitivity for geography, climate, landscape, and lifestyle. The Gamble House, constructed between 1907 and 1909 in Pasadena, Caliornia, is one of their best known commissions.