Greene and Greene's “Ultimate Bungalows” in California are noted for their magnificent stained-glass and wood entries. In homage, the Laupheimers engaged New Hampshire glass artist Louis Michael Pulzetti, whose company, Emmet’s Hill Wood and Glass, is known for art lamps, screens, and other glass and wood furnishings. This has been Pulzetti’s largest commission to date.
“In a book, we found a picture of the 'uncan Irwin House and decided to create a similar design, but in mahogany instead of oak,” Pulzetti says. “-ohn and 'ebbie wanted a tree. When I suggested a magnolia, 'ebbie’s eyes lit up.”
He created 34 panels with 14,000 pieces of glass to depict a blooming magnolia tree branching to fill the transom and sidelights. Each panel has a three-quarter-inch copper frame, and each individual piece of glass is outlined in copper foil.
To meet energy-conscious building codes for new construction, a layer of clear glass insulates the exterior of the stained glass. “It also protects it from potential damage from branches and the like,” says Pulzetti. -ohn Laupheimer built the mahogany doors that frame the glass picture. “Having a homeowner who is also a craftsman is rare and wonderful,” Pulzetti says. “The project was a true collaboration.”
The entry door is patterned after that of the Greenes’ Irwin House; the staircase after the Bolton House. Glass artist Louis Pulzetti spent an entire summer piecing together 14,000 pieces of stained glass.