Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Can my next house look like this?

Back in December, I spent about a week out in California, and one of the things we did was go visit the Gamble House in Pasadena.  It was designed by Greene and Greene, two brothers who basically spearheaded Craftsman architecture on the west coast, and it is basically the only pristine example left.  All of the original furniture, dishes, rugs were designed for the house and are still there.  It was built in 1907 as the winter home of the Gamble family (of Proctor and Gamble), and in the 50s the second generation decided to sell it as the upkeep was getting a lot. Instead of taking the offer of the person whose decorator recommended painting all of the hand-carved paneling bright white,as the dim Craftsman style had gone out of favor with the prevalence of mid-century modern, they instead donated it to the city of Pasadena and USC, and it's been preserved ever since.  Craftsman is the one style that John and I actually agree on, and we both really enjoyed the tour.  No inside pictures were allowed, but it was even more gorgeous than the outside.

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