Tuesday evening, January 24th, we had the pleasure of experiencing a jazz trio play inside the living room of the architectural wonder that is The Gamble House. The ambiance was derived straight from a story book. Low lighting, floor to ceiling woodwork, a small group of people sitting in half moon formation, all while listening to three young musicians play some evening tunes. At this concert, the original Gamble house Baldwin piano was played for the fist time after being restored and it's sound was exquisite. The musicians, a drummer, pianist and bassist were all first year students from The Thornton School of Music at USC. The entire night was a perfect weekday treat.
The Gamble house is one our favorite things about Pasadena. It was designed by Green and Green, a well known and respected architectural firm that designed in the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The giant bungalow, with it's impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail, was built as a winter house for David B. Gamble of the Proctor and Gamble company. They lived in the house until they passed away and then the house was willed through the family until 1966 when it was put on the market to be sold. When word got back that the new family wanted to paint the interior teak and mahogany woodwork white, they pulled it off the market. They knew how important this home was and deeded it to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the USC Department of Architecture. The house now serves as a museum, home to 3 students on a rotating basis, and an event venue, but most importantly it's become a National Historic Landmark.
If you haven't been by to see The Gamble house and you're local, we highly recommend going. Take one of the guided tours and then snag a couple of tickets to one of the house concerts. Tuesday, March 7th will feature early 20th century music and on Tuesday, April 18 they will have vocal performances.