The Gamble House has again opened its servants’ quarters for exclusive 90-minute “Upstairs Downstairs” tours. Until August 16 visitors will be able to compare the living quarters of the served with those “in service.” New information recently emerged about the Gamble family and their servants, allowing the curators to share more of the personal history of those who lived and worked at 4 Westmoreland Place in Pasadena.
The Gamble House is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. The house, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California.
Taking the tour will show you how the Gambles lived in, maintained and appreciated their beautiful Greene & Greene house. You can visit the original laundry and coal rooms in the basement, see the surprisingly light and accommodating servants’ bedrooms, and learn about the multi-ethnic staff that helped make the Gambles’ lives more comfortable
You can also tour the public spaces and family rooms. This includes the meticulous craftsmanship of Greene & Greene furniture, the specially-designed leaded art glass light fixtures, and unique architectural features designed by the Greenes exclusively for the Gamble family.
Tour admission is $20 per person. Advance purchase is not required but it is suggested to guarantee desired tour date and time. Tickets may be purchased either at http://www.GambleHouse.org or by phone at (626) 793-3334. Walk-ins also welcome when space is available.
Tours take place Thursdays through Sundays, every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Gamble House is located at 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, CA 91103
Photo: The Gamble House, Servants Rooms. Credit: Alexander Vertikoff, used with permission.