The estate of the late Randell Makinson ’56, the acknowledged expert on the work of Pasadena, Calif., architects Charles and Henry Greene, has given Makinson’s extensive research papers to the USC School of Architecture. Along with Greene and Greene documents, images and books, Makinson’s estate has given the school $100,000 to catalog and maintain the collection and to support the archives in other ways. The collection will be housed at the Greene and Greene Archives at The Huntington Library, an archive he helped establish.
The gift, coupled with a collection donated to the archives in 2012 by Robert Judson Clark, another Greene and Greene scholar, puts the Greene and Greene Archives at The Huntington “at the head of all research institutions that have Greene and Greene holdings,” said Ted Bosley, director of The Gamble House, the famed Greene and Greene-designed house museum operated by the architecture school in Pasadena.
Makinson, who died on Aug. 13 at age 81, was director emeritus of The Gamble House. In 1966, he helped save the Arts and Crafts-style house from demolition at a time when the Greenes’ work was relatively unknown. He served as director of the architectural site for 26 years.
“The collection is a very broad and deep survey of Greene and Greene that has been put together over five decades,” Bosley said. It includes Makinson’s research files, original documents and photographs related to Greene and Greene, periodicals on the Arts and Crafts movement and a robust library of books.
“It will take some time to catalog, and the monetary gift is very welcome for processing and cataloging the collection,” he said.
Makinson wrote six books on the Greene brothers and their architecture, as well as chapters in other books and publications. His books include A Guide to the Work of Greene and Greene (1974); Greene & Greene: Architecture as a Fine Art (1977); Greene & Greene: Furniture and Related Designs (1979); Greene & Greene: The Passion and the Legacy (1998); Greene & Greene: The Blacker House (2000), which he wrote with photographer Thomas Heinz and actor Brad Pitt; and Greene & Greene: Creating a Style (2004), with Heinz.