Gamble Amble: The “Deets”

 Gamble Amble: The “Deets”
The architectural brethren team of Greene and Greene, created (with the expertise of many) The Gamble  House, a  magnificent Arts and Crafts masterpiece in Pasadena, Ca,  It is also  a National Historic Landmark and museum.  The Greenes designed the house in 1908, for the Gamble family, of Proctor and Gamble fame.

Let’s amble by some of the Gamble’s captivating details.

Hang the verdigris lantern…hows this for a house number?

More lantern: repetition of forms creates integration and harmony.

One of my favorite “deets”…. coppery patina against weathered wood.

A window on, and of, wood…

Or, two. Resonant shapes, frames and symmetry.

These doors give context to the lantern, and are beautifully balanced compositions unto themselves.

And…these! Showing off the Greenes’ use of articulated joinery, and iridescent glass which changes color throughout the day.

Sheltering eaves, metal patina, lantern, exposed timbers, articulated joinery, shingles…a marvelous makers’ tableau.

Variegated Verdigris…the age of patina on a drain pipe, against the eaves.

On the Ground: pavers tile  to brick to wood.  They all work together, providing interest, harmony and texture, a melodious materials medley.

Up above: a celebration of wood and  exposed structural timbers in a range of hues that work together, and blend with the surrounding landscape.

Do you love the above? Watch this!  http://www.finewoodworking.com/PlansAndProjects/PlansAndProjectsArticle.aspx?id=27096 and, this!  http://www.youtube.com/user/WNEDTV#p/c/4/Un1derJy54U

What captivates YOU about The Gamble House, or other Arts and Crafts architecture You have seen?

If you so choose, please share about it with us here.  We love to hear from You.

Remember, we are all ambling and gambling our way through this thing called Life, together. Happy Trails!

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  1. Why it’s worth it to go there, just to get inspired by that house number! I’m so putting that one into my bag of tricks for the future.
    Thank you, Debra for not missing one detail and sharing it all with us!

    • Thank you EB….I am so glad you enjoyed the post, and all about The Gamble…there is something both glorious and restrained about it…a la fois!
      Thanks for reading and commenting!


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