The Gamble House

National Historic Landmark

In 1966, The Gamble House was presented by the heirs of Cecil and Louise Gamble to the City of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California in the interest of its cultural heritage and historic preservation. In 1978, the United States Department of the Interior designated The Gamble House a National Historic Landmark.


Holiday Season 2003-4 Tour Schedule of self-guided and docent-led tours will be announced in the fall.

Self-guided tours are made available during the holiday season to permit more people to see the house during these very busy times. Each visitor receives a descriptive booklet and docent are located throughout the house to answer questions.

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The Bookstore is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Gamble House Bookstore has an extensive selection of books and periodicals on Greene and Greene, the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Japanese joinery, Tiffany glass, American Art Pottery and turn-of-the-century architecture and decorative arts, along with a broad selection of guide-books to architecture in Pasadena and Los Angeles. Postcards, note cards, color slides, prints and posters depicting The Gamble House and other works by Greene and Greene are available. Additional gift items include commemorative and new productions of Tiffany lamps, reproductions and new furniture designs by contemporary craftsmen inspired by the works of Greene and Greene. A catalog is available on request. The Bookstore phone number is 626-449-4178, or e-mail to

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Docent Council

This organization of dedicated volunteers was founded in 1967 to provide civic, educational, cultural and social services for The Gamble House in cooperation with its Director and the Dean of the School of Architecture of the University of Southern California. In addition to guiding the personalized tours and staffing the Greene and Greene Library and The Gamble House Bookstore, members of the Docent Council, through their many specialized committees, are fully involved with the daily operation of this historic landmark.

Once a year potential new volunteers are recruited to participate in the docent training program and to become active in the Docent Council. If you are interested in becoming a docent, please call The Gamble House at 626-793-3334 to request an "Expression of Interest" form.

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Friends of The Gamble House

The Friends of The Gamble House, a membership organization, is a support group of the University of Southern California. It is composed of individuals, corporations and organizations dedicated to the development of the financial support necessary for the preservation, maintenance and operation of The Gamble House. Deeply involved in the support of educational activities and the enrichment of The Gamble House public programs, the "Friends" also offer annual Scholar-in-Residence Fellowships to two upper division students in the University of Southern California School of Architecture.

A cordial invitation is extended to all who wish to join in the many activities of The Gamble House and to support the various restoration projects and ongoing preservation of this National Historic Landmark. You may join by completing the membership application (available by mail, telephone or e-mail) and sending it to the Friends of The Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, California 91103-3593.

Membership benefits vary according to the level of membership. All levels include touring privileges, bookstore discounts, the newsletter,and reduced fees for the annual lecture series. Higher-category memberships include invitations to special events tours and trips. Further information on special benefits to higher-category members is available by calling or writing The Gamble House.

Membership Categories:

Individual*:     $40
Active:     $125
Supporting:     $250
Patron:     $500
Director's Circle:     $1,000
Life (individual):     $2,500
Corporate:     Call for details
*Friends of The Gamble House is pleased to offer an Individual membership at $40. This special category has been created in the hopes of broadening our national and international base of members and to support the restoration of The Gamble House.

Membership dues are paid annually. Life membership is a one-time payment.

Please make your check payable to:

Friends of The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, California 91103-3593

Your gift is tax deductible for income tax purposes.

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The Sidney D. Gamble 2003-4 Lecture Series will begin in fall 2003. To receive a lecture brochure please call, write or e-mail The Gamble House.


Museums of the Arroyo

Museums of The Arroyo Day
Sunday, May 18, 2003, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission, shuttle service and special events

Celebrate the historic Arroyo Seco and International Museums Day at:

The Gamble House
Heritage Square Museum
Lummis Home and Garden
Pasadena Historical Museum
Southwest Museum

Known collectively as the Museums of the Arroyo, these five museums open their doors free for a celebration of art and community.

MOTA Day features the Arroyo Seco's diverse cultural, artistic and architectural legacy with period demonstrations, craft workshops, music, dance, tours for children and adults.

For more information call (213) 740-TOUR (-8687).

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The Exhibition

Gamble House Dining Room

"Greene and Greene and the American Arts and Crafts Movement," a permanent exhibition housed in the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, is the most comprehensive and diverse collection of the furniture, decorative art, and architecture of Charles and Henry Greene. A joint program of The Gamble House, USC and the Huntington, the exhibition features the full spectrum of the Greene brothers' designs, from early developmental pieces through the designers' evolution to the highly-refined peak years and the late period when the Greenes worked independently. Of particular interest is the re-created dining room (shown in photograph) of the Henry Robinson house (1905) which contains all of the Greenes' original furnishings for the room.

Touring hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon - 4:30, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Greene and Greene Archives

The Greene and Greene Archives, dedicated by The Gamble House in 1968 on the 100th anniversary of Charles Greene's birth, is a concentrated collection of archival material on the work of architects Charles and Henry Greene, their contemporaries, and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Included in the collection are original ink-on-linen drawings, pencil-on-tissue sketches, blueprints, personal correspondence, original photographs, sketchbooks and files documenting every aspect of the Greenes' work, clients and lives. The client files are supplemented by copies of drawings in the collection of other academic institutions with major holdings of Greene and Greene original documents. The collection is complemented by publications of their own work, the Arts and Crafts Movement, late 19th and 20th century design, the works of Gustav Stickley, American Art Pottery, Tiffany glass and other decorative arts activity of the period.

The Greene & Greene Archives are housed adjacent to the Greene and Greene permanent exhibition in the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of the Huntington Library at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California 91108. The Archives are open for research by appointment only. Please call 626/405-2232 to arrange an appointment.

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The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place

In the 300 block of North Orange Grove Boulevard,
three blocks north of Colorado Boulevard
and near the intersection of the 134 and 210 freeways

Pasadena, California 91103-3593


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