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An Architectural Response to an Epidemic

Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:00pm at the Gamble House
Lecture by Ann Scheid

Tickets: $15 Members  |  $20 Non-Members

In this lecture historian Ann Scheid will discuss how sleeping porches became a desirable feature of many dwellings and how architects such as Charles & Henry Greene, Myron Hunt, Gordon Kaufmann and Frederick Roehrig responded to the tuberculosis epidemic in a city where the climate drew many health-seekers.

At the turn of the 20th century tuberculosis accounted for approximately one in five adult deaths, affecting every part of society. The main treatment available, was living and sleeping out of doors. It was believed that a strong constitution, developed by a vigorous outdoor life, was the best way to cure and prevent tuberculosis. Patients visited sanitariums where they slept on “cure porches” and were encouraged to exercise vigorously. Schools and other institutions were also redesigned to foster the outdoor life.

Speaker Bios: ANN SCHEID is a member of the Gamble House staff and heads the Greene & Greene Archives at the Huntington Library. An author and historian she has published several books on Pasadena history as well as scholarly articles and essays on the history of architecture, planning, and landscape in Southern California. Ann worked as a preservation planner for the City of Pasadena and as an architectural historian in environmental planning for the State of California. She is a graduate of Vassar College, the University of Chicago, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.


The Butchering Art



Saturday, October 21, 2017
7:00pm at the Gamble House
Lecture by Lindsey Fitzharris, PhD

Tickets: $15 Members  |  $20 Non-Members

Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics between 1860 and 1875. She conjures up early operating theaters—no place for the squeamish—and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than patients’ afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. At a time when surgery couldn’t have been more hazardous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: a young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister, who would solve the riddle and change the course of history.

Fitzharris  introduces us to Lister’s contemporaries—some of them brilliant, some outright criminal—and leads us through the grimy schools and squalid hospitals where they learned their art, the dead houses where they studied, and the cemeteries they ransacked for cadavers.

Speaker Bio: LINDSEY FITZHARRIS has a PhD in the history of science and medicine from the University of Oxford. She is the creator of the popular website The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice, and writer and presenter of the YouTube series Under the Knife. She writes for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Lancet, and New Scientist.​ ​The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine will be published by Scientific American / FSG in October of 2017.


Talk, Book Signing and Sales Event

Friday, November 3, 2017 | 5:00pm at the Gamble House

On Friday, November 3rd at 5:00pm, Pasadena author Naomi Hirahara will be joining us for a special presentation on the Los Angeles Flower Market and the history of flower growing in Southern California. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A and a book signing. Ms. Hirahara’s books “A Scent of Flowers” and “Blood Hina” (part of the Mas Aria mystery series) will be available for purchase at the event.

We will also be hosting a special Haori (kimono jackets) sale, many of them made prior to WWII. Also available this evening will be books relating to Ikebana and a selection of new Ikebana vessels made by local ceramic artist Constance Saxe.

Ikebana Tours and Demonstrations

Saturday, November 4, 2017
11:00am tour | 12:10pm demo

Sunday, November 5, 2017
1:00pm tour | 2:10pm demo

Tour and demo: $10 FoGH Members | $25 Non-Members 
Demo only: $10

Join us for the Gamble House Ikebana Exhibition presented by the Gamble House Flower Committee. Ikebana instructor Yumiko Kikkawa and Gamble House docents will lead guests on a 1hr tour of the Gamble House with emphasis on the natural connection between the aesthetics of Charles and Henry Greene and the natural beauty and artistry of Ikebana. Tours will be followed by Ikebana floral arranging demonstrations.

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