Gamble House was designed by Greene & Greene and constructed in 1908-09 as a home for David B Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company.
The three-story house is described as America’s Arts & Crafts masterpiece. Its style shows influence from traditional Japanese aesthetics and a certain California spaciousness born of available land and a permissive climate.
The interior rooms were built using multiple types of wood including teak, maple, oak, Port Orford cedar and mahogany, which each placed to bring out contrasts in color, grain and texture. There are many architectural details that add up to a spectacular work of art. Outdoor space was as important as interior and the landscape design and garden elements are integrated with the architectural proportions and details.
The house was owned by the Gamble family until 1966 when it was turned over to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University Of California School Of Architects. Today, two 5th year USC architecture students live in the house full time.
This tour is offered on Thursday and Friday. There is a limit of 45 participants per day and a fee of $30 per participant.