Built by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908, this is a spectacular example of American Arts and Crafts bungalow 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. What makes admirers swoon is the incredible craftsmanship, including a teak staircase and cabinetry,
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.