Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jennie's Gate



This is the front gate at the Jennie Reeve Cottage, designed by Greene and Greene.  I took this photo in December (as evidenced by the two poinsettias on the porch).  Then, last week I discovered that I am not the only person who is interested in the gate.  Please click here to see Carolyn Gravatte's lovely painting of the "Rambling Rose Cottage."




23 comments:

  1. Love your image and blown away by Carolyn's painting. Nice job, Adele.

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    1. Thank you, LOL - isn't that painting something? I've ordered a print!

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  2. what a cool gate! even better, the imagination of the one who put it in!.

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  3. oh wow, what a neat gate and i love the painting too!

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  4. I have driven by the cottage for 40 years. Since I painted it I've learned that it was built by Greene & Greene & have met the professional cellist & his lovely wife who now reside there. A client, whose home & property are on the canvas "Canyon Home" told me that when he was a small boy he would help his Grandfather do carpentry work on the cottage. He had been told that an artist had lived there at one time & built the gate. Now you Adele, with your inquiring mind & camera, have introduced me to Jennie Reeve and have taught me to stop & smell the Poinsettias!
    Thank you, Carolyn Gravatte

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    1. Hi Carolyn, Thanks for that info about the cottage. How interesting that an artist built the gate. Makes sense, doesn't it?? I believe I've found out about another owner, who donated it to Ascension Church, upon her death. I have to research it some more, to make sure it's the same house, but that would be five owners we now have heard of! Glad you were able to stop and smell the Poinsettias! :)

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    1. I know - so unusual, it just grabs your attention.

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  6. I always love your historic links, Adele, and Carolyn's painting is another enhancement to a great post.

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    1. Thank you, PB. Do you remember seeing this gate on our most recent walk?

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    2. Can you believe I didn't notice the gate? Or at least I don't remember. I do remember the house, though.

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    3. Well, I think that was when I got the call to pick up the cat and I was rushing us back to our cars. You're lucky you saw anything at all!

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  7. And who wouldn't be charmed by that gate!!! Love the painting as well...

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    1. Charming, for sure - in both cases!

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  8. there can be great creativity in the creation of gates

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    1. I'd have to agree, PA. I love how this one fits in with the cottage.

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  9. Hi Adele,

    I've just discovered your wonderful Sierra Madre photographic journal, and with it the images of our house. I can tell you a bit about the gate, and the remarkable man who made it. His name was Rusty Derr, and I have to say "was" since he passed away a couple of years ago. Rusty was married to a fine old friend of mine who's also a cellist. He grew up in Louisiana and was trained as an arborist, specializing in oaks. His work took him to Chicago and, when he met Tina, out here. He was also a poet and a visionary woodworker whose creations grace the homes of a number of us in the music world (if you go around the corner onto Laurel you'll see the fence he built there, and if you're tall enough to peek over that fence, another against the back of our yard).

    If you see us on the porch, stop and say hi.
    Roger

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    1. Hi Roger! Thank you so much for your comment!!! After reading your note, I found a wonderful obit of your friend Rusty. I drove past this evening, and saw the fence you mentioned - the taller portion, correct? It's beautiful! I may have to feature it in a post, with Rusty's info, if you don't mind? He was a very interesting man!

      I think I found some info about another owner of the house, a lady who willed it to Ascension Church. Her name was Helen Pflueger (sp?). Have you heard of her? I found the info in a history book about Ascension Church. Although they didn't give the address, they described the location of your cottage. It's a very nice story. Will have to put that in, one of these days!

      Thank you again for commenting. I will be sure to say hi if I see you on the porch!

      Adele

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  10. The gate only, or the house also, was designed by G & G?

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    1. Hi Cafe, The house is a Greene and Greene. The gate came later.

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  11. Hi Adele,

    No, I've not heard of Helen Pflueger or any of the other (post-Reevesian) tenants of the house. Needless to say, I'd be very curious. I will look forward to your account, or I'll take a look at the Ascension Church book in the meantime.

    Yes, he designed and built the higher section of the side fence (not the once-upon-a-time-white picket fence). I particularly love the Japanese-torii-inspired gate there too.

    I'm glad there's something online about Rusty. Though I knew him for more than 20 years and thought I knew him pretty well, there were some magnificent things about him I only learned at his memorial--not least of all was his excellence as poet, and the place writing poetry had in his life. But he wasn't one to promote himself (as seems to be essential in my world), and that's a shame for those of us who would have been able to engage him on so many more levels. Er, if I had more wit I would extract a life principal from this...

    Roger

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