We had a ball tooling around Pasadena, California this weekend, savoring the sunshine, the food and the magnificent architecture. The city of the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl is blessed with abundant, awesome design.
My cousin Larry Martin (aka ‘Mr. Pasadena’) served as stellar tour guide, showing us all the sights. We rode, walked, munched, drank and talked. Loving Pasadena.
Enjoy this peek at two standout structures:
- The warm and wondrous Gamble House, designed by celebrated architects of the Arts and Crafts movement, brothers Charles and Henry Greene.
- The striking and unusual Castle Green, designed by architect Frederick L. Roehrig.
The Gamble House is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The Green brothers designed the home in 1908 as a winter home for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company.
A National Historic Landmark, the house is owned by the City of Pasadena, operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours.
The Castle Green was built in 1898 by Col. George G. Green as the annex for the then social center of Pasadena, the Hotel Green. Roehrig drew on Moorish, Spanish, Victorian, and other stylistic elements to produce one of Pasadena’s most unique buildings.
In your local area, what is your favorite example of great architecture and why?