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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY OCTOBER 15, 2010 5 Preservation News Greene & Greene and Green When Andrew and Blenda Wright restored a prized Califor- nia bungalow, they showcased both history and sustainability By Jeff Book I From Preservation I Septem- ber/October 2010 At the beginning of the 20th century, in one of American architecture's great col- laborations, Charles and Henry Greene raised Arts and Crafts style to new heights. Their designs combined simplicity and refinement, celebrating natural materials and mo- tifs while exhibiting an intimate awareness of the landscape. Outstretched eaves provided shade, ample windows captured views and ensured cross- ventilation, and broad terraces and sleeping porches em- braced the mild California cli- mate. Wood, the original renew- able resource, was deployed to dazzling effect, from gleaming, hand-rubbed beams to Asian-in- fluenced joinery and eye-pleas- ing inlays. In many ways, the brothers' California houses em- bodied "environmental design" long before the concept came into vogue. Recently, one of the earliest Arts and Crafts houses designed by Greene & Greene benefited from an ambitious, eco-friendly restoration. Built in 1903 for a young mother named Mary Reeve Darling, the house marked the brothers' shift from an early, more conventional style to a groundbreaking new form of de- sign. Andrew and Blenda Wright first looked at the century-old house in the college town of Claremont because of its appeal- ing location on a peaceful, tree- lined street. During that initial visit it was obvious that the ag- ing Darling House required atten- tion. Shingle siding had darkened over time. Multiple amendments and additions, as well as inappro- priate plate-glass windows, had compromised the original form, and though the foundation re- mained sound, the timeworn structure needed major alter- ations to meet seismic and envi- ronmental standards. A retired builder, Andrew Wright was' well aware that care- ful planning was the best way to avoid expensive -surprises. So he evaluated both the scope and cost of the project with HartmanBaldwin Design/Build, a local firm that had remodeled the home's kitchen in the early 1990s. Wright also looked at "a lot of Greene & Greene houses." Project architect Alan Brookman says, "This wasn't one of [their] grand houses--it had a more rustic feeling, like a lodge, which suited what was then a ru- ral area." (Blenda Wright notes that because the house was built for a divorcde who "couldn't af- ford a lot of fancy fixtures," the house was consciously simple, not extravagant.) "This was a piv- otal project, one of the first times the Greene brothers sketched lighting and furniture designs for a house," Brookman says. "You can see them starting to develop their own Arts and Crafts vocabu- lary." Organized around a central staircase, the Darling House had four upstairs bedrooms tucked under a wide gambrel roof pared. away on either side to frame re- cessed windc;ws. Downstairs, the living room and study flanked the entrance hall through sliding doors that allowed spaces to be "converted virtually into a single room," recalled Mary Darling's son Kenneth. The versatile living room seems contemporary today, as do the original indoor-outdoor spaces: a sunroom off the study; and an open loggia, above the front door, that served as a sleep- ing porch• (Both were ultimately enclosed with windows.) But the Aesthetically, the design team strove to achieve the right tone, figuratively and literally• The exterior stain matches the original shade, discovered be= hind one vintage light fixture in the old loggia. In the living area, age-darkened redwood ceiling planks had "too many layers of stain and paint to strip," Brookman ex- plains. "So we had them faux-painted to re- semble the ceiling as it originally looked." The maple used for the kitchen cabinets may seem light compared with the dark woodwork of many Arts and Crafts interiors, but as Brookman notes, it's the same wood used in the kitchen of Greene & Greene's acclaimed Gamble House in nearby Pasadena. Stripping the Andrew and BlendaWright board-and-batten walls Photo Credit: Coral van Zumwalt upstairs would have been contrary to the ar- 1903 floor plan had only one bath- room and a modest kitchen. De- spite the addition of later bath- rooms and unencumbered kitchen space, the arrangement of spaces held limited appeal for present-day residents• After closing on the house in • 2007, the Wrights prepared an audacious restoration plan. They wanted to honor the structure's rare form and history, correct its dated and inappropriate alter- ations, and bring it up to current environmental standards. "For every decision, we asked our- selves what Greene & Greene would do if they were alive to- day," says HartmanBaldwin CEO Bill Baldwin. "Everything had to make it rough that filter." Period-appropriate shingle siding (36 inches tall, with a 12- inch reveal) was sourced in Canada. The new siding and roof went on over Closed-cell foam and fire-retardant cellulose insulation, with walls sheathed in OSB wood panels and a vapor barrier. Double-glazing replaced vintage single-glazing, and construction crews reused original window frames wherever possible, only installing -custom-built reproduc- tions where the c. 1900 frames were damaged beyond repair• In the sunroom, multi-pane casements based on the original Greene & Greene latticework re- placed plate-glass windows. Ar- tisans also reproduced the front door and replaced damaged floor- ing stock• Ample insulation allowed for down-sizing the new heating and air-conditioning systems-- delivering substantial energy and cost savings• "It's true that all the new material we put into the house represents a lot of embod- ied energy," Brookman says. "But the resulting conservation com- pensates for that...The goal :ws not only to save energ.y but to make the house more comfortable to live in." The restoration pro- gram also cut water use dramati- cally, with low-flow fixtures and a drip irrigation system. "Preservation has always pro- moted sustainability by reusing materials and saving the energy embodied in them," notes Devon Hartman, Bill Baldwin's partner. "It's also increasingly about re- cycling stuffthat would otherwise go into a landfill." For this resto- ration, everything that could be recycled--scrap lumber and metal, cardboard packaging, and so on--went into a dedicated, city-supplied bin for reuse else- where. Even the 1921 garage was moved to another property• Thanks to a methodical em- phasis on environmental ben- efits, the Darling-Wright House is the first historic residence in Southern California to earn a GreenPoint rating, a counterpart to LEED certification that recog- nizes sustainability in new and existing -buildings. chitects' intent, according to project interior designer Su Ba- con: "That was all paint-grade wood, not meant to be revealed." So she had it painted, drawing from a historically correct palette of sage, gold, wheat, and ,other harmonious hues. "We wanted to dress up the interiors without losing their es- sential simplicity," says Bacon, who has worked on six other Greene & Greene houses. She gave the rooms a mix of Crafts- man-style furniture, fabrics, and lighting, much of it inspired by Greene & Greene designs. Brookman, steeped in Greene & Greene minutiae, says, "Without drawing too much from their later designs, we wanted to reference them, as well as origi- nal details." For example, the liv- ing room's new glass-fronted bookcases, which replaced rick- ety bookshelves, echo a living room bookcase with cruciform cutouts at the foot of the staircase; the bench between the glass doors was based on one built into the entrance hall. Such subtle improvements blend seamlessly into the overall design. Out went the odd patch of drywall, surface-mounted wir- ing, and ill-advised alterations. The front window bays, which rest on boulders, inspired a new one out back. Two smallish bed- rooms were combined to make a master bedroom and a walk- through closet leading to a care- fully detailed bath. The master bedroom's low ceiling was raised a couple of feet, and crowned with rafters encased in box beams modeled on the beams down- stairs• And new French doors at side and rear entrances now con- nect the house to its much-en- hanced surroupdings. Completed late last year, this project "succeeded in being as authentic as possible while mak- ing the house more livable," ar- chitect Brookman says. With an unabashed devotion to Greene & Greene--and green design--it has already attracted recognition from local architects and critics• In a ceremony last spring, the Wrights and the restoration team dedicated a time capsule and then sealed it into an upstairs wall. The capsule contained house plans and photos, as well as a letter from the Wrights to future owners--a fitting flourish for a project that took the long view. As Bill Baldwin says, "This house is ready for the next hundred years." Jeff Book has written about de- sign and travel for Elle Decor, Coastal Living, the Los Angeles Times, and Departures. Mavericks lose to Ruidoso Warriors The LordsbuPg High School Mavericks lost their first game at home this year when they were shut down by the Ruidoso Warriors last Friday, 23-0. Above, the Mavericks take the field. Friday's game was deemed Military Appreciation Night by PAL and the American Legion. At right, quarterback Bo Martinez tries to evad this War- rior. The Mavericks will host their last regular season game this Friday when they take on Laguna Acoma. Kick off is at 7:00 p.m. Herald staff photos Playing in Pink to promote awareness By MICAH MONTIEL AND KAYLA NEWELL Last week, Lordsburg Mav- ericks teams proudly suited up in their special pink at- tire to honor National Breast Cancer Aware- ness Month• This is the third year Lordsburg High School athletics has participated in the Awareness project, proposed to the school by Frank Chaires. Although it was going to be pro- posed statewide by lobbyists at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, Mr. Chaires indi- vidually proposed it to Lordsburg High, which fully supported the project• The project was originally brought in to Lordsburg High Mavericks to recognize parents Friday The Lordsburg Mavericks will host the Laguna-Acoma Hawks in their final regular sea. son football game Friday, Octo- ber 15. Game time is 7:00 P.M. The game has been designated as Parent' Night for the football team. Parents and/or representa- tives are asked to be at Maverick Stadium by 6:30 P.M. so that fi- nal preparations can be made for the festivities. Introductions of players and parents will be made before kickoff time. Come sup- port the Mavericks! School for the. purpose of increas- ing teen's knowledge of the pro- gram, and to encourage future generations to join the fight for a cure for cancer. Now, it has be- come a fun way to incorporate, really important cause." On Friday night, the Maver- ick, football team wore bright pink socks with their uniforms, while the cheerleaders added bright pink bows to their hair; all in honor of the Awareness Week. "Being a part of this project is a per- sonally rewarding ex- perience, and our squad fully supports breast cancer aware ness," said cheerleading captain Kayla Gonzales. "However, I thought it was unfortunate that there was no fundraiser besides the donation boxes, because this is a athletics into raising awareness. LHS cheerleaders were pink from bows to toes with their "Cheer for a Cure" uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness at the Lady Mavericks volleyball game Tuesday night, while the Lady Mavericks wore "Dig Pink" volleyball uniforms. "I was happy to see sports teams participate and play for a good cause," said senior volley- ball player Sarah Atilano. The collection box proceeds at both volleyball and football games will be going to the Susml G. Komen for the Cure founda tion. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by em- powering people, ensuring qual ity care for all and energizing sci+ ence to find the cures. To find out more about the Susan G. Komen foundation, visit http:// ww5.komen.org/ EHd of fke 00ai00cbo THE FOLLOWING BUSIM[$$ES & IMI)IYIDUALS ARt SUPI00'ITRS or TH[ LORlUURG POLIr2 A'IHLETIC t00U[. (PAt) Chairns Insurance Ramona's COf6 Umphres Propane CBA Construction 2010 LORDSBURG HIGH SCHOOL MAVERICK FOOTBALL DATE  TIME Thursday, September 23 JV vs. Deming 9th 5:00 PM Friday. September 24 @ Hot Springs 7:00 PM Saturday, September 25  JV vs. Hot Springs 11:00 AM Friday, October 1 @ Anthony, TX 7:00 PM Friday. October 8 vs. Ruidoso 7:00 PM Friday, October 15 vs. Laguna Aegina 7:00 PM Friday. October 22 @ Estancia 7:00 PM Friday. October 29 @ Tutarosa 7:00 PM Saturday, November 13 State Quarter-finals TBA . / I Saturday, November 20 State Semi-finals TBA Saturday, November 27 State Championship TBA #.( Thanks for our Cannon T-shir'l: .IP ._ donor. t:hi5 week! L_ove'5 Truck ,SLap . , LI idaLgo Caun'L-y k I LJeaLth Consorf.ium 2010 LORDSBURG HIGH SCHOOL ( LADY MAVERICK VOLLEYBALL DATE OPNE FrL& Sat., August 20.21 Magdalena Tour ney(VNN) TEL TlJes., August 24 San Sirno'n (JV-V) 5:00/6:00 PM hurs. Auus! 26 @ Cobre (C*JV-V) 4:00/5:00/6:00 PM Tues. August 31 @ Ouncan, AZ (JV-V) 5:00/6:00 PM Sat. Sap((. 11 @ MorenciTournament TBA Tues. Sept. 14 vs. Animas (JV-V) 5:0016:00 PM Thurs. Sept. 16 @ San Simon (JV-V) 5:00/6:00 PM melt Tues. Sept. 21 vs. Cobre (C-JV-V) 4:00/5:00/6:00 PM "rues• Sept. 28 @ Animas (JV-V) 5:00/6:00 PM Tues. October 5 vs. Mesilla Valley Christian (JV-V) 5:00/6:30 PM ,. October q .. Tularo (C-JV-V) IR0/2.-00 Tues. Octob 19  (ou*k:tofl (JV-V) 5..00/6:00 PM 1. Oclokr 23 vs. Tularosa(C-JV-V) 1 B0/2:00 PM Tin. 0etobr 26  Mdlla Vslley (hristiau (J¥-V) 5.6:30 PM Men. Novemb ! District Tournmnent (V)  PM Tu; Noember 2 Dbtric: Tournament (V) 6 PM Thurs. Nm'ember 4 Distri Toumamem (V) (n* ffM Sat. Novemker 6 District Ck=mFOmbi F (V) 61PM Tbur-at. Nov. 11-13 State Tommmnem (V) T.B.A. PAL SCHEDULE: 0ct, 16 Upper Lower Havericksvs. Vikings 1:00 PH L0rdsburg Havericksvs. Raiders 10:30 PH L0rdsburg PNM - Love's Truck Stop Lordsburg Cycle Works Gila Regional Medical Center Canon Stevens Jerry Turner Truck Service DeLaGarza Carpet Cleaning Abeyta Physical Therapy Oarr Shannon dba Short Co. Triple T Plumbing Smith Ford Ibarro Family Western Bank PAL Cottage House Hidalgo County Herald Saucedo's Supermarket • Days Inn Circle H HMS. D.awg G.one Plumbing & Heating Flag Havericks vs. Wildcats g:00 AH L0rdsburg Ilobert Swan American