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The Gamble House Offers Unique Upstairs-Downstairs

Thursday, August 1, 2013



Thursday, August 1, 2013


12:15 pm


The Gamble House Offers Unique Upstairs-Downstairs


The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA


For three weeks only, The Gamble House will open the doors to its servants' hall and rooms for the first time in its history. Visitors to the House from Thursday, August 1st through Sunday, August 18th will be able to see and experience The Gamble House from a new perspective – that of the people who lived and worked there “in service.”
New information has recently come to light about the Gamble family and its servants, allowing The Gamble House to share more of the personal history of the House with visitors. On these special one-hour guided “Upstairs-Downstairs” tours, visitors will:
• Tour areas of the House never before opened for public tours
• Have up-close views of special furniture pieces designed by Greene & Greene that are usually too far behind the velvet ropes to see in detail
• See the original laundry sinks and coal room in the basement
• Witness the careful ways the Greenes’ designed the servants’ spaces in the house
• Learn how the Gambles lived in, maintained and used the house, and many more unique findings
Please note that most of the first floor - entry hall, living room, dining room, den, and guest bedroom - will not be available for touring during this period due to floor conservation work. The "Upstairs-Downstairs" tours, which include the basement, all of the second floor and the third floor, will be offered exclusively, and in place of, all regular public tours including the Brown-Bag Tuesday mini tours. A maximum tour size of ten people will be allowed on each of the Upstairs-Downstairs tours; we expect high demand so please book early.

The Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, CA 91103
ADMISSION: $20 per person; free for children 12 and under
Advance purchase is not required but highly recommended as space is limited per tour and tours often sell out. It is suggested that tickets be purchased early to guarantee desired tour date and time. Tickets may be purchased either online or by phone with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Walk-ins also welcome when space is available.

WHEN: Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 18, 2013
Tuesdays, 12:15 pm & 12:45 pm;
Thursdays – Sundays, every half-hour from 11 am – 3 pm;
No tours on Mondays and Wednesdays.

TICKETS/INFORMATION: Call 626-793-3334; or visit;; or email

The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. The house, which is a National Historic Landmark owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California, is open for public tours.

The architects worked closely with the Gambles in the design of the house, incorporating specific design elements to complement art pieces belonging to the family. Drawings for the house were completed in February 1908, and ground was broken in March. Ten months later, the house was essentially completed, the first pieces of custom furniture delivered, and the house became the home of David Gamble, his wife Mary, and two of their three sons: Sidney and Clarence. In addition, Mary’s sister, Julia Huggins, also lived with the family. By the summer of 1910, all of the custom-designed furniture was in place.

David and Mary lived in the house until their deaths in 1923 and 1929, respectively. Julia lived in the house until her death in 1943. Cecil Huggins Gamble and his wife Louise Gibbs Gamble lived in the house beginning in 1946 and briefly considered selling it. They soon changed their minds, however, when prospective buyers spoke of painting the interior teak and mahogany woodwork white! The Gambles realized the artistic importance of the house and it remained in the Gamble family until 1966, when it was deeded to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California School of Architecture.
The Gambles realized the artistic importance of their house. It remained in the Gamble family until 1966 when it was deeded to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California School of Architecture.

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