- Address: 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
- 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
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.