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William A. Bowen House (Greene & Greene)




With the Bowen House, the Greenes wanted to design a rustic ranch-like retreat. It was a one-story L shaped plan and it took inspiration from the California Hacienda style that the Greenes used in the Bandini house. The Bowen House had a storehouse, a chicken house, and a corral. It had two bedrooms, which opened only to the outdoors, and one that opened to the outdoors but also the rest of the house. The L-shaped window bays allowed for natural light to enter the principal rooms and provided interior window seats. The Greenes finished the home around 1905


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Arturo Bandini House (Greene & Greene)



In 1903, The Arturo Bandini house impacted the Greene’s idea of California architecture. The Bandini family had long established roots in California and wanted a design that reflected the romance of the pueblo and rancho life of early Californians. The Greenes used a u-shaped plan, which met the needs and materials of homes built in the early 1900s. The home was built with wood rather than adobe, and blended Hispanic traditions with Japanese building methods. The mixture of Japanese and Hispanic design was seen by the way that the posts sat on partly sunken stones to support verandas.


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Mrs. C.P. Daly House (Greene and Greene)

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The home was conceived in the Spanish-Colonial Revival style that was extremely popular in Southern California in the early part of the 20th century. The Daly home was supposed to be a one-and-a half story structure, with two bedrooms. Henry Greene had planned to design the home so that it would have faced the Pacific Ocean. A dramatic view to the water was also supposed to be provided by a large, multi-paned and arched window at the end of main axis of the living room. The Daly house would have had been one of Greene and Greene’s most notable works if it had been built.

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Dr. S.S. Crow House (Greene and Greene)

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In 1910, The Crow House was executed entirely by Henry Greene, who is the youngest of the two brothers. It is a single-story structure arranged around a narrow courtyard in a U-shaped plan. One wing of the structure is dedicated to the service functions of the home, while the other wing is for the family bedrooms. In the middle part of the structure the living room and the dining room combine the two ends. At the opposite side to the entry, light floods into the structure through a continuous wall of casement windows that open into the hallway leading to the bedroom.


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Miss Cordelia A. Culbertson House (Greene and Greene)

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Work on the Culbertson House by Greene and Greene began in 1911. The Greenes’ work is evident through out the outside of the home, in particular the courtyard, which incorporated Chinese and Classical motifs and combined them with water gardens, which evoked Italian patterns. The formal entry hall of this home has luxurious wall finishes of sculpture plaster, velour fabric, and exotic marble, and dark angular wood furniture designed by Charles Greene. According to the USC archive at the time this project was the largest commission received by the firm, which was around $150,000.


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The Gamble House (Greene & Greene)



Brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene built one of their more notable works, the Gamble House, in 1908. It is a three-story structure and a common example of America’s Arts and Craft movement from the early part of the 20th Century. The Arts and Craft movement incorporated local handcrafted wood, glass, metal work and other natural materials. The interiors were built using multiple kinds of wood that range from teak, maple, oak, and mahogany. The Gamble House is a good example of how the Greene brothers found inspiration in Japanese Architecture, which is apparent throughout the exterior of the home.

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Neptune Subs (OKC)



Driving past Neptune’s is always a pleasure because of its distinctive look compared to all the buildings that surround it. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to eat there yet, but it’s one of my goals for this summer. It’s kind of ironic that one of Oklahoma City’s most unique places has been there for so long, yet none of my friends have been to it or heard of it. What I like most about this building is the combination of colors that cover the outside, and the type of font used for it’s advertising. The red and yellow combination helps create a pop –art like impression every time I see it. However, the roof is what stands out  immediately. I like to speculate if whether the goal was to have something that would standout for decades to come, or if at some point the people in the area wanted to design all the buildings in an abstract fashion considering how close it is to Route 66.

Saint Patrick’s Church (OKC)

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What stood out to me about St. Patrick’s church was its simplicity. I was raised Roman Catholic and most of the churches we went to were all elegant in their own way, usually, they were covered with mosaic art inspired by biblical stories. I don’t remember how old I was when we first went to St. Patrick’s, but I remember endlessly staring at the angel carvings that cover the walls. In my opinion I think they help establish harmony within the church despite their modest design. Yet, a negative of the church is the echo that is created by any tiny noise. Perhaps the designer wanted it that way so that the priest’s voice would feel powerful as he spoke to you. My favorite thing about St. Patrick’s is the way the rain runs down the outside of the walls, and how the sound combines with the inside, it’s difficult to describe it, but the fact is I don’t go to church as much I used to.

Warren Theatre (Moore, Ok)

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With each day that passes the popularity of digital streaming increases, and the threat of having new films directly streamed to your home is rising. Not to mention all the illegal websites that leak films before they are even released. With this said…I must mention that I often worry that going to the cinema will become a thing of the past, but for now, lets just assume this is all crazy talk…. Growing up, going to the movies with my parents was something to look forward to on a hot summer day. The theatres at Penn Square Mall and Quail Springs have always been popular for such an occasion, but it wasn’t until the opening of the Warren Theatre that I felt that going to the movies was more than a way to cool off. At the Warren Theatre I felt that going to the movies was an experience. It might not compare to the movie palaces of the 1920s, but its grandness gives you a tiny glimpse of what that might have been like. It was built only a few years ago but its vintage look helps create the impression it was always there. Having places like the Warren keeps us from watching movies on our laptops, and instead enjoy them on gigantic screens as a community.

Downtown OKC Library


There are not very many places where I enjoy staying all day. However, The Metropolitan Library in Downtown Oklahoma City is one of them. When people think of a library, they automatically think of a grumpy old lady sitting at the front counter, endless shelves of dusty old books, and a dingy smell that wakes up your allergies from the moment you walk in. Yet the first time I wandered off to the library downtown, I was astonished by the tremendous amount of natural light that covers the space. I also liked how the rooms allow for you to talk without worrying about disturbing others. I know that talking at the library encourages procrastination, but it is also important to be able to talk, because it helps you discuss ideas within a place built for people to learn. The library downtown breaks the stereotypes of what a library is, while still remaining a library once you are reminded to pay your fines before checking out another book.