One of Bisbee’s most storied residences, The Greenway House recalls a bygone era of elegance, opulence and craftsmanship. Completed in 1908 by the Calumet & Arizona Mining Co., this California Bungalow was soon occupied by John C. Greenway, a mining expert from Minnesota who fought alongside and befriended fellow Rough Rider Theodore Roosevelt at the 1898 Battle of San Juan Hill. The Lion is reputed to have slept here on numerous occasions. It was in private ownership for 50-plus years before its current owners began restoring it to its former glory.
With many original furnishings and fixtures still in place, the 2.48-acre property also includes a guesthouse, workshop and four-car garage. Apart from a large number of original and period fixtures, also included are the nearly-complete furnishings of several of the East Wing apartments, most of which feature their own bathrooms and kitchens/kitchenettes, as well as individual air-conditioning units. The downstairs Maid’s Quarters also offers its own living room. There’s more, below and above the heated-and-cooled quarters. Not only does the basement feature a second washer and dryer, there’s a good old-fashioned root cellar, storage room and a workbench/area. It’s down here where you can best appreciate the fabulous “bones” upon which this impressive structure was built and still stands, squarely and proudly. It’s also where you’ll find the updated boiler which still serves to radiantly heat the house more than a hundred years after its construction.
Covering virtually the entire footprint of the house, the attic is easily accessible and navigable, with enough storage space for a month of holiday decorations. Outside, across the expansive barbecue patio, is the converted guesthouse. Originally a carriage house, the guesthouse includes separate and fully self-contained upstairs and downstairs units. Perfect for a caretaker and/or a caregiver. Behind both of these buildings are a separate workshop, four-car garage and carport, all surrounded by a colorful variety of natural and low-maintenance flora that invites no small variety of fauna. Photos by Photographer, Alexander Vertikoff American Bungalow magazine, Issue 59, Fall 2008