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Institutional Background

The Gamble House, is a unit of the University of Southern California School of Architecture. Its relationship was established in 1966 as part of a joint gift agreement between the heirs of Cecil and Louise Gamble, the City of Pasadena, and USC. The agreement provides for public access and preservation of the David B. Gamble House, a landmark of the American Arts and Crafts movement located in Pasadena, California. Designed and built in 1907-1909, The Gamble House, USC is an internationally acknowledged masterwork by architects Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene. It is the only extant work by Greene & Greene to retain all of its original, Greene & Greene designed furnishings. The City of Pasadena holds title to the house and furnishings included in the 1966 gift, while USC controls all subsequent gifts and grants; staffs and administers the facility and its public programs; directs educational outreach; and coordinates preservation and conservation efforts.

The Gamble House, USC is staffed with six full-time employees including a director, a public relations manager, a finance/administrative manager, a bookstore manager, a program assistant, housekeeper, and three part-time employees including an assistant bookstore manager, and sales associate. A part-time archivist manages the Greene & Greene Archives, USC at the Huntington Library. The Gamble House, USC and its collections are regularly available for public viewing with the help of 160 volunteer docents.

The mission of The Gamble House, USC is to promote public awareness of, and appreciation for, the architecture of Greene & Greene, primarily through the example of The Gamble House, USC, its collections, and its various programs and educational resources. The Gamble House, USC maintains a website that currently receives 55,000 visits per month.

Scope of the Collection

Greene & Greene furniture represents exemplary Arts and Crafts Movement principles both in its design and craftsmanship. Only a few Greene & Greene commissions included furniture design, and only the finest of their homes included decorative art pieces for specific rooms. As a result, these pieces are exceedingly rare and difficult to study with any kind of contextual reference. This makes the pieces at The Gamble House, USC of special importance to scholars of the Art and Crafts movement.

The decorative arts collection at The Gamble House, USC consisted initially of furnishings given with the house by the Gamble family in 1966. Subsequent gifts of Greene & Greene objects and decorative arts from the Arts and Crafts period have significantly increased the size of the collection and help to better interpret and contextualize the work of Greene & Greene. Most of the collection’s decorative arts are housed at The Gamble House, USC and in the Greene & Greene exhibition gallery within the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery at The Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Repository Contact Information

The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103

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