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

Founded:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Residences:

  • Asheville, North Carolina

Trades:

  • Architect

Building Types:

Styles & Forms:

Art Deco; Colonial Revival; Georgian Revival; International style; Tudor Revival

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.

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  • C. I. Dawson House

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    Dates:

    ca. 1937

    Location:
    Asheville, Buncombe County
    Street Address:

    320 Vanderbilt Rd., Biltmore Forest, Asheville, NC

    Status:

    Unknown

    Type:

    Residential


  • Ethan Koon House

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    Dates:

    1936

    Location:
    Asheville, Buncombe County
    Street Address:

    185 Kimberly Ave., Asheville, NC

    Status:

    Standing

    Type:

    Residential


  • Gay Green and Effie Reeves House

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    Dates:

    1930s

    Location:
    Asheville, Buncombe County
    Street Address:

    152 Pearson Dr., Asheville, NC

    Status:

    Standing

    Type:

    Residential

    Images Puslished 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

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    Dates:

    1935

    Location:
    Durham, Durham County
    Street Address:

    1307 N. Mangum House, Durham, NC

    Status:

    Standing

    Type:

    Residential

    Images Puslished 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.


  • Johns-Manville Model Home for General Products Company

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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.”


  • Shuey Shell Filling Station

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, attributed architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, attributed architect
    Dates:

    ca. 1928 or ca. 1935

    Location:
    Asheville, Buncombe County
    Street Address:

    121 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC

    Status:

    Standing

    Type:

    Commercial

    Images Puslished 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.


  • Stockton Bryant House

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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

    Contributors:
    Greene and Rogers, architects; Ronald Greene, architect; W. Stewart Rogers, architect
    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.


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