Gamble House – Great American Arts & Crafts Homes

Humble Abode —  July 23, 2010 — Leave a comment
Great American Homes - Gamble House

Gamble House - Arts and Crafts Homes

Homes of special or historical significance have been left to the public trust, to be preserved and enjoyed for all Americans and visitors.
One such home is the Gamble House located in Pasadena, California. For those who call the Los Angeles basin home or for anyone visiting, a trip to see the Gamble House is especially delightful and educational. Built in 1908 for David Gamble (of Proctor & Gamble Company), the house was designed by brothers Charles and Henry Greene. The Gamble House is almost universally considered and Arts & Crafts style masterpiece. It’s not hard to see why. The house was constructed using many kinds of wood. The contrast in color and grain act in contrast yet complement each other at the same time. Ceramic tiles were made specifically for the house and used around the fireplaces and as an adornment to other surfaces. The Greene brothers also designed much of the furniture in the home. The home, furniture and accents (lighting fixtures, stained glass windows, etc.) work together as a complete whole.
After touring the Gamble House, it is understandable how the Arts & Crafts style, after falling out of favor, became fashionable again in the 1980’s and is still popular 30 years later. The warm colors, use of natural materials and simplicity of design, make this style of architecture and furnishings enduring. While the Gamble House is certainly substantial, you leave feeling as though this house was a home and it is quite easy to imagine yourself living in such a great American home.
Are there any fine American homes you’ve seen that you especially admire?

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I am the Merchandise Manager for Humble Abode. I am located in Santa Rosa, California. Santa Rosa is approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco in beautiful Sonoma County, part of California's wine country. Humble Abode is an online retailer of furniture and furnishings offering a wide selection of furniture for sale to suit every taste and budget.

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