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  • Address: 4 Westmoreland Pl
  • Hours: Thu-Fri: tickets 10am, tours every 30mins; Sat: tickets 10am, tours every 20mins; Sun: tickets at 11:30am, tours every 20mins. Mon, Wed: No general tours. Tue: Brown bag, mini-tours.
  • Admission: Adult:$12.50, Senior/Student: $10, Child: Free
A 1908 Arts & Crafts treasure that was joinery-built without a single nail showing, this former family home (designed for the co-founder of Procter & Gamble) is the feather in the cap of famed architecture firm Greene & Greene.

The hand-crafted mansion graces almost an entire grassy block of Pasadena's upscale Arroyo Seco neighborhood. Sumptuous woodwork (including delicately hand-carved floral-form friezes), leaded art-glass windows and fixtures, hand-glazed tilework and furniture custom-designed to fit each room make the Gamble House look and feel like an enormous work of art. In the 1960s, the home was almost sold to a couple who wanted to lighten up the interior by painting everything white; instead, it was purchased by the University of Southern California and preserved as a tourist attraction and architectural teaching tool.

Guided tours are the only way to see the home's interior; docents provide engaging one-hour introductions, while more in-depth tours last two to three hours and are often led by craftspeople that have made meticulous renovations within the house. Advance reservations are required for in-depth tours, and recommended for one-hour tours.

Practical Info

The best route to take by transit: Bus: 267/264.

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