Good 'ol 357U - Getting to Know the Reynolda Green

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Good 'ol 357U - Getting to Know the Reynolda Green

By Phil Archer, Director of Public Programs | @LearnReynolda

Reynolda’s primary architect Charles Barton Keen unified the main exterior elements of the “bungalow” – white stucco surface, thick Tuscan columns, and green tile roofs –with nearly every building on the estate, from cottages to church and from dairy barns to blacksmith shop. The tile was supplied by the Ludowici-Celadon Company, which also supplied many prestigious universities, estates including Biltmore and the Henry Ford House, and government buildings including the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

The Ludowici family began manufacturing tile in Italy in the 17th century and operated in the U.S. since the 19th century. When Reynolda House added the Babcock Exhibition and Education Wing in 2005, staff sent samples of light green, dark green, and gray tiles to the company’s headquarters in New Lexington, OH. Ludowici matched these shades and produced tiles to cover over 6,000 square feet of clay tile for the Babcock Wing.

Reynolda was Keen’s most significant commission, but he also designed dozens of other houses in the region. Many visually echoed the white walls and green roofs of the estate, which was called his “selling card.” The timeless shade of green has become a visual symbol for Reynolda, and when the Museum began a series of programs for young professionals, the staff briefly considered naming it 357U, the shade’s number on the Pantone Color Chart.

Interested in Reynolda Green and other colors? Visit our Reynolda Colors Pinterest board for the Museum's pantone color palate.


Duh! Now I get it --Apri Fool's joke yesterday about the roof colors! You got us, but good !

Thanks for being a great sport! We love to hear how much Reynolda means to people. It became a great learning moment too!

So pleased you were only kidding about changing the color! 

O yes! A complete charade. Reynolda green is here to stay. Thanks for playing along.

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