Arts & Crafts Style Greene & Greene Stained Glass

The Beauty of Stained Glass

Charles and Henry Greene are widely considered to have brought high-art aesthetics and exquisite craftsmanship to the American Arts and Crafts Movement in the early part of the 20th century. Their work continues to be exhibited worldwide and is included in decorative arts collections in museums in the United States and throughout Europe. Inspired by the exquisite beauty of the natural world, Greene and Greene stained glass invokes feelings of wonder and tranquility as it captivates onlookers with its majestic radiance and glistening copper foils.

Adding one of our Greene and Greene inspired stained glass windows to your home or building will instantly elevate its appearance. Greene and Greene stained glass styles are beautifully balanced. They’re sophisticated and detailed, yet far from ostentatious. They bring stylized glamour and warmth to the room, creating a charming and inviting atmosphere.

Beautify Your Home with Enchanting Nature-Inspired Designs

Greene and Greene stained glass styles are characterized by their delicate use of earth tones and nature-inspired imagery. Peaceful landscapes, forests, and stylized images of trees, fauna, and flora are rendered in brilliant gold, sage, and auburn colors, giving them an earthy, natural feeling. By adding a Greene and Greene stained glass window to your kitchen, bathroom, or entryway, you can bring the beauty of the outdoors into your very own home.

At Scottish Stained Glass, we offer our customers the option of choosing any subject they desire for their Greene and Greene design. Whether you’d like a traditional design featuring a single tree depicted in a Japonisme style or something more elaborate, we can accommodate virtually any request. Simply share your ideas and we’ll set to work right away, creating the perfect addition for your home.

History of Greene & Greene Stained Glass

While Greene & Greene designs strongly influenced California’s architectural heritage, their work has had international significance as well by inspiring countless architects and designers around the world through a legacy of extant structures, scholarly books, and articles. They were recognized by the American Institute of Architects in 1952 for contributing to a “new and native architecture” and are generally credited with fostering a new way of considering buildings and their furnishings as examples of artistic craft.

Popular architecture and design magazines such as The Craftsman, House Beautiful, The International Studio, Country Life in America, House and Garden, Good Housekeeping, and American Home and Garden began featuring articles on Greene & Greene work in 1902. This acclaim helped spread their designs throughout the country. The rediscovery of their work by the architectural press in the 1950s created a new group of admirers who celebrated their distinctly American interpretation of the Arts and Crafts style as an antidote to the International style, which had gained popularity in Europe and elsewhere.

Greene & Greene in the Modern Era

Today, the current generation of Greene & Greene aficionados tour the Greene & Greene residencies and other buildings in California with reverence, like pilgrims paying homage to honored monuments. The Gamble House, one of their masterpieces, receives 30,000 visitors a year from all over the world. Recently available public tours of the Thorsen and Blacker houses drew thousands of visitors and raised awareness of both Greene & Greene residential architecture and furniture design. Interior, architectural design, and architectural history journals such as Style 1900 and American Bungalow are now full of vendors offering reproductions of their furniture and décor.

Greene and Greene inspired designs continue to remain a popular choice among homeowners today. While they are most commonly found in craftsman-style homes, they can be beautifully incorporated into nearly any architectural style. Many elegant hotels, restaurants, and high end establishments have also benefited from the beauty of this stained glass style which draws the admiration and attention of all who look upon it. 

*** This image is an original Greene & Greene installation and was not designed by Scottish. We have however created a number of installations that draw inspiration from or mimic Greene & Greene’s stained glass window styles.

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