Pasadena may think it owes much of its traditional Arts and Crafts style to Charles and Henry Greene, the brothers and architects responsible for designing many of the city’s landmark buildings, but really, they should be honoring Thomas Greene, the architects’ father. He was the one who decided on their profession, sending them off to MIT and then demanding they move out to Pasadena once they graduated. No word on whether he determined their style as well, but no matter who the progenitor, this graceful house originally built for one of the heirs of the Procter & Gamble fortune remains one of the best examples of their work. Programming at the Gamble House is exceptional—there are tours that focus on things like the art glass or the details and joinery in the house, as well as more casual events like Brown Bag Tuesday, when visitors bring their own picnic lunch to eat on the grounds, followed by a 20-minute tour. However you decide to experience it, don’t miss the remarkable zig-zag staircase, a joyous element that adds a bit of fun to the perfection of the house.
|Venue name:||Gamble House|
4 Westmoreland Pl
|Opening hours:||Docent-led tours Thurs-Sun noon-3pm; Brown Bag Tours Tues 12:15pm, 12:45pm|
|Price:||Docent tours $15, students and seniors $12.50, children under 12 free; Brown Bag Tours $8|
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This house is simply stunning. Even if you don't plan on taking a tour, or if the Arts & Crafts movement isn't your thing, pull up to the house and gawk at this beauty from the front lawn. Tours and programming are definitely worthwhile; as striking as the house is from the outside, its handiwork and handsome design are best admired from the inside (with the helpful guidance of a docent).