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David Berry Gamble House
Pasadena, California, 1907-09
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David Berry Gamble House
Pasadena, California

The Gamble House is a National Historic Landmark, the only house designed by Greene & Greene that is open to the public and the only example of their work to contain all of the original Greene & Greene furniture designed for it. David Berry Gamble was one of ten children of James Gamble, a co-founder of the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. In May 1907 he purchased the largest parcel along Westmoreland Place, a private development overlooking the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena. Mature eucalyptus trees shaded the home site, from which could be had fine views of the dry riverbed below and the mountains beyond. Notable aspects of the house as seen from the street are the traditional gabled elevation on the south contrasted with the deep terrace and heavily-timbered sleeping porch on the north. These elements are unified by a shared horizontal line of deep eaves and exposed rafters and beams, and by the simple rhythm of the split-redwood, shake-shingle surface. The broad mass of the house is given height and balance by a one-room, third-level attic space and sleeping porches challenge the distinction between interior and exterior on the second level of the house. Outdoor terraces are elevated behind picturesque clinker-brick and pebbledash retaining walls. The design of the broad entry’s leaded-glass doors was inspired by the California live oak. Inside, carefully crafted exotic-hardwood paneling, furniture, light fixtures, custom-woven rugs, cast and wrought andirons, fireplace tools, and other hardware express the spirit of the Greenes' Asian-inspired design vocabulary at its most classic.