Dream House from Inception: Freeman A. Ford House

Dream House from Inception: Freeman A. Ford House

Abby Stone
Aug 6, 2010

While Christopher Nolan's summer puzzler, Inception, leaves you with the question of what is real and what is a dream, the house where Cobb and Mal spend their idyllic days is no figment of the imagination. It's the Freeman A. Ford house in Pasadena, built in the Arts & Crafts style by the Greenes in 1908.

The house, with its elegant, private courtyard, was built by the Greenes for Freeman A. Ford, vice-president of the Pasadena Ice Company. Like the Greene's more well-known Gamble house, it is full of intricate details, the most famous of which is the entry door. A wooden frame incorporating a stylized human figure surrounds an art glass peacock-feather design in blue, green and cream. (We found a company that will recreate this door for your own dream house.)

While the house is privately owned, you can check out the Greene's detailed work on the Gamble House to in the Greene & Greene book by photographer Marvin Rand, on the USC architectural archive or possibly in person during Craftsman week in October!

For photos of the Freeman house, click here.


Images: Curbed LA, Hamm Studios, Hometown-Pasadena

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