Built by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908, this American Arts and Crafts bungalow illustrates the incredible craftsmanship that went into early L.A. architecture. The term bungalow can be misleading, since the Gamble House is a huge three-story home. To wealthy Easterners such as the Gambles (as in Procter & Gamble), this type of vacation home seemed informal compared with their mansions back home. Admirers swoon over the teak staircase and cabinetry, the Greene and Greene–designed furniture, and an Emil Lange glass door. The dark exterior has broad eaves, with sleeping porches on the second floor. An hour-long, docent-led tour of the Gamble's interior will draw your eye to the exquisite details. If you want to see more Greene and Greene homes, buy a self-guided tour map of the neighborhood in the bookstore.
Mar 16, 2011
I agree, if you're interested in Arts and Crafts architecture, the Gamble House is a worthwhile stop. The docents are more knowledgeable than most, enthusiastic and friendly. It's quite an education. The entire neighborhood is lovely and worth a stroll as well. I've lived in LA for 18 years and only got around to visiting a couple of weeks ago!
Nov 7, 2009
Anyone who's interested in the Arts & Crafts Movement should not miss the Gamble House. It is a gem, and the interior designs and decorations are absolutely beautiful. The gift shop also sells a neighborhood map which lists other Arts & Crafts houses.