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The art and craft of Greene & Greene

Boston's MFA features work of early MIT student-architects
The Gamble House, designed by Greene and Greene (active 1894-1916).
The Gamble House, designed by Greene and Greene (active 1894-1916).
Photo: © Alexander Vertikoff; courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

For three months this summer and fall, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has hosted a touring show on the art and craft of the brothers Charles and Henry Greene, two of MIT's earliest students of architecture. The exhibit closes Oct. 18.

Hailed by the AIA as "formulators of a new and native architecture," Charles Sumner Greene (1868-1957) and Henry Mather Greene (1870-1954) established a new paradigm for the art of architecture in the United States. Recognized internationally as among the best work of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, the brothers' careful consideration of every detail of the buildings and objects they designed — including geography, climate, landscape and lifestyle — resulted in legendary living environments that were both beautiful and functional.

"A New and Native Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene" commemorates their legacy with some of their finest work in both architecture and decorative arts.

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