A New Chapter for The Gamble House

A new book about the historical landmark is the first published in more than 20 years.

February 29, 2016 Allison Engel

THOUGH CONSIDERABLY less boisterous than its Rose Bowl neighbor, The Gamble House is a visitors’ mecca in its own right. Since becoming a National Historic Landmark some 37 years ago, it has welcomed more than 1 million guests eager to see one of the most celebrated showpieces of the American Arts and Crafts movement.

Now design enthusiasts can get an in-depth look at the home’s history and design with The Gamble House: Building Paradise in California, the first new book published about it in more than 20 years. Published in partnership with the USC School of Architecture, The Gamble House and CityFiles Press, the book includes photography and essays from leading architectural and historical researchers.

The 1908 home was originally commissioned by David and Mary Gamble, heirs to the Procter & Gamble fortune, and stands as the best-preserved masterwork of Arts and Crafts architects Charles and Henry Greene. Five decades ago, The Gamble House was given to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the USC School of Architecture, which manages the site and runs several academic programs there, including sponsoring two architecture students to live at the home every year.

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