Dear friends of the Gamble House,
Our 50th Anniversary year was filled with a dizzying array of events and projects that marked the Gamble family’s gift of the House to the City of Pasadena and USC in 1966. I hope you were able to participate in some of our festivities! Here are a few highlights from a very busy year:
- A full week of 50th Anniversary celebrations in September, concluding with a public open house fifty years to the day after dedication of the House as a public site in 1966;
- Re-application of the exterior preservative, last applied to House and Garage in 2004;
- Dedication of the Nancy Greene Glass Memorial Garden designed by landscape architect, Isabelle Greene FASLA;
- Restoration of period-correct linoleum and appliances to the kitchen;
- Completion of a one-hour documentary film, ‘The Gamble House,’ by Academy Award-winning producer Donald Hahn;
- Re-assuming management control of the Gamble House Bookstore from USC Auxiliary Services (think holiday shopping!);
- Installation of a temporary/contemporary—not to say controversial!—art exhibition with Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND);
- Inauguration of a “House Music” series in collaboration with the USC Thornton School of Music;
- And finally, the announcement of “The Next 50”, a $6 million endowment campaign to preserve the House and its key programs into the future. So far, generous individuals have expressed their support equaling more than half of that ambitious goal!
Exciting events and activities are planned for 2017 and 2018 as well, including study tours, lectures, and visits to Greene and Greene houses! Keep an eye on our website for the latest information. And, if your Friends of The Gamble House (FOGH) membership needs refreshing, help is on our website for that, too.
Much of the preservation activity, events and programs of 2016 were possible because of the generous support of our members, volunteers, staff and friends like you. Your gifts to last year’s annual giving campaign made possible the conservation of the exterior. Thanks to you, the House is now well protected from the elements for another decade. Not incidentally, the work was completed in time for the House to look its very best for the 50th Anniversary celebrations!
Month after month, our fine corps of docents have kept public tours and other activities operating beautifully throughout the year; the Friends of the Gamble House board have created engaging and fun programing; and our hard-working staff—wearing many hats this year—has pitched in to cover to the tasks of three others who departed our ranks over the past 12 months. I am so grateful to everyone who makes The Gamble House America’s premier historic house museum.
On a frostier, and costlier, note, the burnt-out firebox of our main gravity-flow heater in the basement was recently pronounced “un-repairable” by the Southern California Gas Company. It must be replaced with a new, more efficient heating system. Gravity-flow heat has served the Gamble House for more than 100 years, but new technology is significantly more efficient and we should look to a more sustainable energy future anyway. Fortunately, the existing duct system can be used so a replacement unit will be undetected by most visitors. This unanticipated event had not been part of our budget for 2017-2018. We need your help to address this and other urgent needs.
Please remember The Gamble House during this season of giving, so that we may continue to excel in preserving and presenting our beloved historic site for the good of all. Thank you in advance for your generous support.
With warmest wishes for the holiday season and the new year,
Edward R. “Ted” Bosley
James N. Gamble Director
The Gamble House
School of Architecture
University of Southern California