The Gamble House 6/12/10
On Saturday, June 12th, we visited the Gamble house in Pasadena. Denise is subscribed to this site called Groupon. Basically it is a site in which you pre-pay your tickets in order to get a discount. Denise really likes the Arts and Crafts movement in architecture (I am more of Queen Anne Victorian person myself).
In our many jaunts into Los Angeles we often pass the Gamble house. Denise has always said that she wanted to go and visit it. So when she saw a two for one deal on Groupon, it was a no brainer that we would go there.
The tickets on the web were $12 a person for a reserved ticket, but if you go the day you want your tour you can get a standby ticket for $7. The tour is about 45 mins and it takes you throughout the house. No pictures are allowed in the house, but even so, it would be hard because it was a very dark house. The thing that struck me the most was how low the lighting was in that house. According to the tour guide, electric lights were still new when the house was built and the Gambles were afraid of the effects of too much electric lighting. The other thing that stands out in the house is the wood. I guess being Arts and Crafts style you have to expect a lot of wood, but in this house it gives it a very dominant masculine feel to it. As such, I think the Gamble house is a great house to visit, but I don’t think I would want to live there. I prefer a more relaxed architectural style to my abode (I like to think of our house as post-modern tornado). After visiting the Gamble house and learning about Greene and Greene (the architects) AJ had fun chasing squirells on the hill and I had fun taking pictures of the pond.
Interesting place to live. I like the pond. I guess this is the Gamble of Proctor and Gamble, right? Nice to see the blog is back working again.
Yep… this Gamble is the son of the first Gamble in Procter and Gamble. And this was their Winter home, the spent most of their year some place cold and snowy,
Cincinati? Chicago? I forget. Anyway, it was a beautiful home!
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