The Gamble House in Pasadena is often cited as one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts architecture in the United States. Originally designed in 1908 by famed architecture firm Greene and Greene as a winter residence for the Gamble family of Procter and Gamble, the house has since become a National Historic Landmark. But did you know the house also has a unique relationship to USC?
It began more than a half-century ago, when a young architecture buff named Randell Makinson, then a student at USC and a Greene and Greene admirer, set out for Pasadena and knocked on the Gamble's front door. He was invited in by Cecil Gamble, grandson of the famous company's co-founder, and the two spent hours pouring over the home's original drawings. They ended up forming a friendship which would prove mutually beneficial.
According to family lore, in the early 60s a prospective buyer wondered aloud how the home's interior might look if it was painted white. It was enough to convince Mrs. Gamble that their home was worth preserving. They elected to donate the house and, with the help of Makinson, drew up an agreement with the City of Pasadena and USC. Not forgetting his scholarly roots, however, Makinson also helped implement a program that, to this day, offers a select few USC students the opportunity of a lifetime.
Tune in to this episode of Trojan Tales to find out more about the Gamble House and this unique opportunity.