Friday, May 13, 2011

Gamboling at Gamble

John is currently working on restoring the Jennie Reeve house in Long Beach It is an earlier Greene and Greene house whose most famous work is probably the Gamble House in Pasadena,_California%29.

As part of his job restoring the Reeve house, John's boss paid for a 3 hour tour of the Gamble house, focusing specifically on the wood working. I got to tag along.

It was an amazing tour with the incredible craftsmanship in every facet of the largely original Gamble house. Unfortunately there was no photography allowed inside...doh!!...since the detailing in the floors, the ceilings, the paneling, the tables, chairs, drawers, cupboards etc etc was just insane.

I won't go into the fact that I disagreed with the tour host's response to my question about the relative architectural influences underlying the Greene and Greene architecture (Asian vs Arts and Crafts), but I did of course unleash the trigger finger outside...(as always click on photos to enlarge).


  1. Hey Chris, Wow, what a feast for the eyes this house is! I love all the attention to detail, everything has been thought out carefully. I can see both the arts and craft and asian influence. Thanks for the great post!xo

  2. It's a magnificent old house. For some reason I've never thought of the Asian impact on the architecture but yes, it is quite strong. It would be great to have a look at a place like that up close and personal! Nice pics!

  3. Puts the Geelong Road renovations into perspective hey!?

    Looks amazing, can only imagine inside would have knocked your socks off!