Monday, September 12, 2011

The Gamble House

Los Angeles County, September 3, 1996

The Arts and Crafts Movemant in American Craftsman style architecture was the use of natural materials, with acute attention to detail. The Greene brothers used high end woodworker, the Hall brother, who, wet teak, cedar, maple, oak, and mahogany, crafted this extraordinary 'summer home'. At this level, one does not simply go out and furnish the place with the pieces from the 1910 equivalent of IKEA, it's designed piece by piece, along with the home.

The following photos are from OAC (online archives of California)  

The Gamble family at one time thought about selling the home, but when they found out the perspective buyers were going to paint the interior white, they took it off the market for good.

As the plaque says, the home was deeded to the City of Pasedena and USC, and it is occupied full time by two 5th year architectural students, who get to hang in the hell-of-a-dorm for a year

In the movie 'Back the the Future' the house was Dr. Emmet Brown's mansion.

This non-Zillow listed love nest is close to Orange Grove Blvd. and the Rose Parade

Procter & Gamble were soap makers who got to know each other when they married sisters. The partnership went well and they were doing over a million dollars of business annually in their Cincinnati based business even befor the huge contracts with the Union Army for soap and candles durint the Civil War.

NO. 871 THE GAMBLE HOUSE - Built in 1908, the David B. Gamble House is a tribute to the genius of architects Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene. Its design represents a unique California lifestyle and is a masterpiece of American craftsmanship. In 1966 it was made a gift by the Gamble family to the City of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California.
Location: 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena
Google 34.151599,-118.160542

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