ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

h

Nominate now the Building of the Year 2017 »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. United States
  5. Greene & Greene
  6. 1908
  7. AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene
AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene, © Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff

© Alexander Vertikoff © Alexander Vertikoff © Alexander Vertikoff Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pasadena, California
  • Architects

    Greene & Greene
  • References

    Gamble House Website, Wikipedia: Gamble House
  • Project Year

    1908
  • Photographs

    Alexander Vertikoff, Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter, Mark Fiennes

From the architect. The essential nature of architecture by Greene & Greene begins with intense attention to detail and craftsmanship, as their bungalows mark the height of the American Arts and Crafts style. The brothers were inspired by the concept of total design, or gesamtkunstwerk, which was stressed in the German-designed rooms at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase International Exposition in St. Louis. When they met David and Mary Gamble, they already had developed a list of rich couples who commissioned them to design their houses, with generous budgets and relatively free reign.

© Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff

"An architect is a builder employing the process of art," Charles Greene once wrote. This is proven to be their governing belief, not only in the final product but also throughout the process. The brothers were known to veer from the initial blueprints, showing that they were enthralled with transition and process, the blueprints as a point of departure rather than a set of instructions.

© Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff

The drawings of the house were completed in February of 1908, the site ground-broken in March, and ten months later the house was completed and the first custom-built piece of furniture delivered. The family moved in immediately, and the house and all of it's specially-designed furnishings were officially finished in 1910.

© Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff

The early projects of Greene and Greene reflected the traditional tastes of their clients, but in time they achieved recognition for developing the California bungalow to a high art, as well as for creating houses with the quality of fine furniture. The Gamble House represented an American-style which sat amidst an abundance of imitations and interpretations of classical European buildings, the influence for many mansions at the time. It was designed to be very suitable for the southern California climate, with a sleeping porch and beautiful transition spaces from the inside to outdoor patios, a garden and a pond.

Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter
Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter

The developed style of Greene and Greene is very distinguishable in the design world, as their Japanese inspirations are incorporated into stain glass windows, details carved and formed with wood, joinery and joint pieces traditional to architecture in Japan. The emphasis on the horizontal line, the use of modular units, a taste for the asymmetrical, the absence of clutter, extensive areas of unpainted wood, a preponderance of natural and subdued colors, a close relationship with the outdoors were all key elements of Japanese architecture that are incorporated into the Craftsman style.

Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter
Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter

The strong ties to the outdoors are brought to the interior as well, through flowers and trees which are engraved in the windows, doors and lanterns. Indigenous Japanese shapes appear throughout the house, in the contour of the dining room table, the cloud lift in the transom bar of each window, the recessed handles on drawers and the ebony frame of the master bedroom furniture.

© Mark Fiennes
© Mark Fiennes

There are also European inspired aspects to the design; the cantilevered second story over the front terrace, window boxes and shingles on exterior walls, the long roof lines and Swiss-like exterior elevation south of the front door, the living room inglenook, and the Gothic fireplace in the den.

© Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff

The original patrons lived in the house until death, and it was continually passed down through the Gamble family until 1966, when it was almost sold to a family who intended to paint the interior teak and mahogany woodwork white. They immediately realized the artistic and architectural importance of this home and deeded it to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California Department of Architecture. Tours are offered now, as the Gamble House is both a museum and a National Historic Landmark.

© Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff
Cite: Megan Sveiven. "AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene" 24 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/91370/ad-classics-gamble-house-greene-greene/>
Read comments

37 Comments

Elena Haas · April 09, 2015

Really, Wikipedia is a source? Well that disqualifies this article from being reputable.

Lars van der Werf · November 27, 2010

Hier trek ik zo in, een Greene & Greene huis: http://bit.ly/fAtLvK Een huis waar Sinatra met tien vrouwen zou kunnen wonen.

Centor4 · November 26, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene | ArchDaily http://t.co/zLdGPpr via @archdaily

Nicholas Patten · November 26, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House. http://bit.ly/g3pvLn

arquiRED Mexico · November 26, 2010

RT @leoanesio: Pra vovó http://www.archdaily.com/91370... #architecture

Matthew Lloyd · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/gB9iNM

Andy Marshall · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene http://pulsene.ws/nbZB #architecture

Red Wolf · November 25, 2010

Gamble House / Greene & Greene http://goo.gl/VRwA3 #architecture

Leonardo Anesio · November 25, 2010

Pra vovó http://www.archdaily.com/91370... #architecture

JChris d'urbanbike · November 25, 2010

Dommage que cette Gamble House soit devenu un simple musée http://archdai.ly/i6NrQx (via @ArchDaily)

JChris d'urbanbike · November 25, 2010

Dommage que cette Gamble House soit devenu un simple musée http://archdai.ly/i6NrQx (via @ArchDaily)

JChris d'urbanbike · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene http://archdai.ly/i6NrQx (via @ArchDaily) Une maison en bois de 1908… J&#39adore, 1000 détails…

Hot In Real Estate · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene | ArchDaily
http://safe.mn/1MA_

Cole Design Studio · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: The essential nature of architecture by Greene & Greene begins with... http://bit.ly/hC9Yr3

Safia Baroudi · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene http://bit.ly/hC9Yr3

ISOGON · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: The essential nature of architecture by Greene & Greene begins with... http://bit.ly/hC9Yr3

cajadesastre · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: The essential nature of architecture by Greene & Gree... http://bit.ly/hC9Yr3 #architecture

Architekt R V Scholz · November 25, 2010

#architekt AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: The essential nature of architectur... http://bit.ly/hC9Yr3 #in http://dy.cx/c03

ArchitecturePassion · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander VertikoffThe essential nature of architecture by G... http://tinyurl.com/28wxzfo

Pasadena Dude · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander Vertikoff The essential nature of architecture by Greene... http://bit.ly/hC9Yr3

Sberla · November 25, 2010

Is this by chance the house appearing in the movie "Back to the Future" where DOC lives?

JJC · November 26, 2010 01:02 AM

It is indeed!
Thanks a lot AD for posting this house; really rich dwelling.

Mark Gardner · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene | ArchDaily http://www.archdaily.com/?p=91...

Scott @ Cube Studio · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene | ArchDaily: The essential nature of architectur... http://bit.ly/hC9Yr3 www.cubestudio.info

tuttibubulonis · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander Vertikoff The essential nature of… http://goo.gl/fb/apUqc

DEZIGN · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander VertikoffThe essential nature of architecture by Greene ... http://bit.ly/gVDzNi

Travel Writer · November 25, 2010

RT| AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander VertikoffThe essential nature of architec... http://bit.ly/dTxHdg @archdaily

arch_related · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander VertikoffThe essential nature of architecture by Greene ... http://bit.ly/gVDzNi

GR2TF · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander VertikoffThe essential nature of architecture by Greene ... http://bit.ly/gVDzNi

spectives#design · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: The essential nature of architecture by Greene & Greene begins with... http://bit.ly/hC9Yr3

tuttibubulonis · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander Vertikoff The essential nature of… http://goo.gl/fb/QVeJr

Barry Maguire · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene via ArchDaily - ©Alexander Vertikoff The essential nature ... http://tinyurl.com/2apd9cs

Engy · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene via ArchDaily - ©Alexander Vertikoff The essential nature ... http://tinyurl.com/2apd9cs

Architecture+Molding · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: The essential nature of architecture by Greene & Greene begins with... http://bit.ly/dJYUSh

Erik Joya · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander Vertikoff The essential nature of… http://goo.gl/fb/pnuKb

Brian Diecks · November 25, 2010

if you have a chance, visit the Gamble House / Greene & Greene : http://tinyurl.com/2eta9hz

arhitectura · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander VertikoffThe essential nature of architecture by G... http://tinyurl.com/28wxzfo

Bocetos Digitales · November 25, 2010

AD Classics: Gamble House / Greene & Greene: ©Alexander VertikoffThe essential nature of architecture by Greene ... http://bit.ly/dJYUSh

···

Comments are closed

Read comments