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Greene and Rogers (Ca. 1933-ca. 1939)

Founded: Asheville, NC, USA
Headquarters:
  • Asheville, North Carolina
Trades:
  • Architect
NC Work Locations:
  • Asheville, Buncombe County
  • Buncombe
  • Fletcher, Buncombe County
  • Buncombe
  • Lake View Park, Buncombe County
  • Buncombe
  • Weaverville, Buncombe County
  • Buncombe
  • Durham, Durham County
  • Durham
  • Cullowhee, Jackson County
  • Jackson
Building Types:
  • Residential
Styles & Forms:
  • Art Deco;
  • Colonial Revival;
  • Georgian Revival;
  • International style;
  • Tudor Revival

Howard Gamble House [Durham]

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Howard Gamble House [Durham]

Biography

Greene and Rogers was a short-lived but highly prolific architectural firm in Asheville which flourished during the mid to late 1930s despite the challenges of the Great Depression. Ronald Greene was an experienced architect who had practiced in Asheville and Western North Carolina since the 1910s. The younger W. Stewart Rogers joined forces with Greene shortly after receiving his M. A. in architecture from Harvard in 1932—probably in 1933 or 1934. Initially Rogers was employed by Greene in the firm of Ronald Greene, Ltd., as shown in the 1935 and 1937 city directories. The 1939 city directory identified the firm as Greene and Rogers. The firm was listed in 1937 and 1939 directories as having an office in the Grove Arcade (see Charles N. Parker), and in 1940 on Edwin Place. Locally, the pair has been referred to Greene and Rogers in discussions of their entire period of association, and that usage is employed in their building lists.

The first known work from their association is the International Style Howard Gamble House(1935) in Durham. Architectural historian Claudia R. Brown suggested in the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Gamble House that it was Rogers and his education at Harvard that produced this unusually early example of the International Style in the state. During the following years Greene and Rogers designed numerous residences and other buildings in Asheville and elsewhere in a wide range of styles. The two went separate ways at the outset of World War II. See their respective biographical entries for bibliography.

Note: A few buildings have been identified in some sources as dating from the 1920s and as the work of Greene and Rogers; these are probably the work of Greene alone or, more likely, date from the 1930s.

Authors: Catherine W. Bishir and Zoe Rhine.

Published 2014

Building List

C. I. Dawson House (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1936

Contributors:
Dates: 1936
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: 1 N. Colonial Pl., Asheville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

"Colonial style bungalow costing about $10,000, in Residences Costing More Than $150,000 Being Constructed Here (Asheville Citizen, Aug. 2, 1936).

Charles M. Britt House (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1936

Contributors:
Dates: 1936
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: 304 Kimberly Ave., Asheville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

"Residences Valued At $200,000 Are Being Built" (Asheville Citizen, Nov. 18, 1936). The photo in the newspaper showed an 8-room house of frame and stone.

Ed Hartshorn House (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1937

Contributors:
Dates: ca. 1937
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: 320 Vanderbilt Rd., Biltmore Forest, Asheville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential

Ethan Koon House (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1936

Contributors:
Dates: 1936
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: 185 Kimberly Ave., Asheville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential

Gay Green and Effie Reeves House (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1930

Contributors:
Dates: 1930s
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: 152 Pearson Dr., Asheville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Michael T. Southern, Asheville's Historic Montford, Asheville, North Carolina (1985).
Note:

The formal Colonial Revival house was featured in Carolina Architecture and Allied Arts: A Pictorial Review of Carolina's Representative Architecture (1940).

Howard Gamble House (Durham, Durham County)

Durham Durham

1935

Contributors:
Dates: 1935
Location: Durham, Durham County
Street Address: 1307 N. Mangum House, Durham, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina (2003).
Note:

Built for a family interested in modern art and architecture, the Gamble House is one of the earliest North Carolina residences in modernist style. It was featured in national magazines and noted among Durham's "points of interest." It is somewhat similar to Ronald Greene's Annie Reed House (1948) in Asheville.

Howard Gamble House

Johns-Manville Model Home for General Products Co. (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1937

Contributors:
Dates: 1937
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: Asheville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

"Designs Made For New Homes: One Firm of Architects Has Made Plans For Dozen Houses," Asheville Citizen, Oct. 10, 1937.

Madison Dormitory (Cullowhee, Jackson County)

Jackson Cullowhee

1939

Contributors:
Dates: 1939
Location: Cullowhee, Jackson County
Street Address: Western Carolina University Campus, Cullowhee, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Educational
Note:

The 3 1/2-story brick dormitory with simple Colonial Revival detailing is similar in style to other Public Works buildings on campus.

Mrs. Fred Bunting House (Fletcher, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Fletcher

1937

Contributors:
Dates: ca. 1937
Location: Fletcher, Buncombe County
Street Address: Fletcher, Fletcher, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

"Designs Made For New Homes: One Firm of Architects Has Made Plans For Dozen Houses," Asheville Citizen, Oct. 10, 1937.

Ross M. Buran House (Lake View Park, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Lake View Park

1936

Contributors:
Dates: 1936
Location: Lake View Park, Buncombe County
Street Address: 125 Westwood Rd., Lake View Park, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

"Residences Valued At $200,000 Are Being Built," Asheville Citizen, Nov. 18, 1936. "Cost about $6,000."

Stockton Bryant House (Weaverville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Weaverville

1937

Contributors:
Dates: ca. 1937
Location: Weaverville, Buncombe County
Street Address: Weaverville, Weaverville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

"Designs Made For New Homes: One Firm of Architects Has Made Plans For Dozen Houses," Asheville Citizen, Oct. 10, 1937.

Thomas A. Uzzell, Jr. House (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1936

Contributors:
Dates: 1936
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: 3 Pine Tree Ln., Asheville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

"Residences Valued At $200,000 Are Being Built," Asheville Citizen, Nov. 18, 1936. The 8-room brick house cost about $8,000.

William C. Bitting, Jr. House (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1937

Contributors:
Dates: 1937
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: 400 Vanderbilt Rd., Asheville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

"New Homes Under Construction," Asheville Citizen, Oct. 10, 1937.

William E. McElroy House (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1937

Contributors:
Dates: 1937
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: 146 Woodland Rd., Beaver Lake, Asheville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

"Designs Made For New Homes: One Firm of Architects Has Made Plans For Dozen Houses," Asheville Citizen, Oct. 10, 1937.

Shuey Shell Filling Station (Asheville, Buncombe County)

Buncombe Asheville

1928

Contributors:
Dates: ca. 1928 or ca. 1935
Location: Asheville, Buncombe County
Street Address: 121 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • David R. Black, Historic Architectural Resources of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina (1979).
Note:

The date and designer(s) of this small but striking moderne-Art Deco filling station remain unclear. It has been dated ca. 1928 and credited to Greene and Rogers. The Asheville city directory of 1929 is the first to show a filling station at that address, which is thought to be this one. But since Greene and Rogers's association did not begin until the mid-1930s, either the date 1928 or the identification of the firm is in error. It could have been designed by Greene in the late 1920s (possibly with young Rogers somehow involved?). Or it might be a successor building on the site, designed by Greene and Rogers after Rogers went to work for Greene in the 1930s. Some sources identify Rogers as the architect and state that this was one of several filling stations he planned for W. C. Shuey's distributorship; the other examples have been lost. Further documentation is sought to clarify the situation.

Greene and Rogers's Work Locations

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