The Gamble House Pasadena Reviews
Greene & Greene's Crafstman Masterpiece in Pasadena Oct 24, 2010
The Gamble House in Pasadena is considered a high point of the American Arts and Crafts movement in California. The house was designed in 1907-1908 by Charles and Henry Greene, architects who had come to California from Indiana. It was commissioned by David B. Gamble, a founder of Procter & Gamble, as a West Coast retirement home.
Greene & Greene had been working in Southern California since 1894. At first, they designed "Old English" style homes. However, as they traveled in the US and abroad, they began to be influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement begun by William Morris in the UK and Gustav Stickley in the US. Exhibits of Japanese domestic architecture also enhanced their perspective.
The Gamble House incorporates many of these influences. The house is built in natural wood and shingle with fitted joint and pegs construction. The interior is open between rooms, with breezeways. There are three sleeping porches. Greene and Greene also designed the furniture to harmonize with the house and the fixtures with the setting. The Gamble House and other Greene and Greene Craftsman Style houses influenced Southern California building styles for decades.
Tours of the house are $10. The house can be viewed from the street, too. Don't miss seeing it when you are near Pasadena!
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