The Gamble House by Greene & Greene in Pasadena is one of my favorite sights in LA. Don’t miss the 360 degree virtual tour on the web site, it’s pretty great.
The Gamble House is one of the most outstanding examples of the American Arts and Crafts style. There are many houses in Pasadena that are Craftsman houses, and I posted an article about Bungalow Heaven last month, but the Gamble House is the best example, it’s open for public tours, and it’s entirely decorated in Art Deco style inside. All the original architecture is still intact, whereas a lot of the Greene and Greene houses still around have been gutted and the walls painted white.
This is what the inside of Craftsman bungalows used to look like:
The Gamble House tours are a feast for the eyes and you’ll learn so much. The docents are very knowledgeable.
Location and info:
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena CA 91103
tel. (626) 793-3334
Hours (they’re very limited, read carefully):
- Guided tours are one hour long and are from 12-3 PM Thursday-Sunday.
- Weekday tours every 30 minutes, weekend tours every 20 minutes.
- Tickets go on sale on tour days in the Bookstore at 10 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
- If you want a ticket come early. The tours are limited.
- DO NOT wear heels. You must wear flat shoes (heels could damage the wood floors)
- No advance reservations except for 2 PM tour, so if you want to reserve, just call.
- Closed on major holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
- Adults: $10.
- Persons 65 or over, and full-time students with ID: $7.
- Children under 12: free, and must be accompanied by an adult.
- 2 p.m. reservations and group tours: $12.50 (see below).