Friday, November 30, 2007

Artists: Charles and Henry Greene

I adore the American Arts and Crafts art movement. If you've heard of the "mission style," it's the same thing. There is a house in Pasadena that embodies this movement so beautifully. It's called the Gamble House, and it's actually a museum in and of itself. The house and its furnishings were designed by Henry and Charles Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company. It is a California State Historic Monument.

Here is a picture of the "Tree of Life" front door. Have you ever seen a door more gorgeous than that? I shudder to think what would happen if someone slammed it.

Next is a photo of the living room light fixture. It doesn't look like it actually gives off that much light, but when it's as beautiful as that, who cares?

Finally, this is a picture of the staircase. Don't you just want to walk up and down these stairs with your hand on the railing?

If you're evern in Pasadena, go visit this place. You can take a one hour tour for ten bucks, or you can take the "Behind the Velvet Ropes" two and a half hour tour for forty.

Have a fantastic weekend!



Blogger Heather said...

Bet no one ever tries to slide down THAT banister. That is really different!

10:59 PM  
Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

LMAO. That's funny, Heather!!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Karen Erickson said...

That's beautiful Kate. My parents love arts & crafts style - they built their house in a similar style and it's really nice.

And yeah no sliding down that banister! LOL

11:52 AM  
Blogger Evie Byrne said...

Hello Kate,

Thanks for letting me know about your art Fridays!

The Green and Green house is one of my favorites, too. There is deep thought put into every inch of that place. It is lush, but comfortable--it was a family home and still feels that way.

Definitely worth the visit for any of your readers--as long as, yes, they refrain from sliding down the banister!


10:04 AM  
Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

Karen, we have an interior designer giving us her ideas for our house in two days. We told her we love the Arts and Crafts style and I cannot WAIT to see what she comes up with.

Evie, thanks so much for coming by! It's so great to find fellow art lovers!

8:42 AM  

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