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“Architectural Pleasure”
Review of The Gamble House

The Gamble House
Ranked #2 of 65 things to do in Pasadena
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Owner description: This historic landmark, owned and operated by the University of Southern California, is an excellent example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Architectural Pleasure”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Interesting tour reflecting the styles and designs of the old Pasadena wealthy. The gift shop was full of books on various subjects and gifts to take home. A good leisure day!

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Pasadena, California
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“dont miss this place”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Mind blowingly good! Very cool and well maintained. Pond on the back patio is my favorite! Flash back in time to see how the ultra weathly lived over 100 years ago..

Visited December 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you're looking to see a home that is a work of art, this would be it. Have been back to this amazing home many times. This home was built tongue and groove, which means there are no nails in this beauty. The symmetry and design is gorgeous. The tour guides are informative and allow enough time for you to digest the flowing lines and beauty of this miraculous home. Definitely worth a trip to Pasadena.

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful Craftsman House Museum Seen Only By Informative Tour”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have taken several relatives and friends on this house tour because the docents are very knowledgable and the tours are always really interesting. The house is beautifully built, in the Craftsman style and was the winter vacation home of the Gambles ( as in Proctor & Gamble ). Attention was paid to the smallest details and rooms were sometimes designed around a particular piece of furniture or even pottery that Mrs Gamble cherished. It is located in an older area of Pasadena, where the wealthy built their homes around the turn of the century. There is also a beautiful gift shop in the former garage. Tours are docent led only and it would be a good idea to make a reservation on crowded weekends as this is a popular site.

Visited December 2012
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Santa Cruz, CA
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“Behind the Velvet Rope tour”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We took the 2.5 hour Behind the Velvet Rope tour, which was really in-depth. We were loaned (flaky) LED flashlights, so that we could inspect any details we were interested, like the silver inlay on a dresser, and the matching pieces. I loved the fact that there were so many hidden spaces for storage! It's amazing how much thought Greene & Greene put into making sure the house was well ventilated. For an old house, it doesn't have a musty smell. This is a massive, dark house, and our favorite rooms were the bright dining room, the storage room between the kitchen and the dining area, which was much simpler in design with brighter woods, and the attic, which was a giant single room, but was quite light.

Given its intricate woodworking details throughoutnthe house, and its massive scale, how amazing to think that the Gamble House only took ~20 men, only 11 months to build. Those were the days!

Visited January 2013
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