Images of the Gamble House: Masterwork of Greene and Greene


Rich precision photography using dramatic available light, explores the sublime details of this Craftsman period treasure.

Jeanette A. Thomas

Jeanette A. Thomas (age 66), professor emeritus at Western Illinois University--Quad Cities, a past managing editor of Aquatic Mammals, and Past-President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, passed away unexpectedly at her home on 16 July 2018. One of the world's experts on marine mammal communication, sensory behavior, using bioacoustics as a population assessment tool, and behavior enhancement of captive animals, Jeanette was a member of the faculty of WIU for 25 years. She also served there as the founder and director of the Laboratory of Sensory Biology and as Chair of the Faculty Council (1999-2002), and she initiated and coordinated their program offering graduate certificates in Zoo and Aquarium Studies. Not only was Jeanette passionate about her work as an award-winning educator and researcher, she also relished her role as a mentor and friend to her students.


The contagious energy and optimism of the new century spurred architects Charles and Henry Greene and their clients, David and Mary Gamble, to break with tradition in 1907 to create a home that was original and uniquely American. From the circular driveway that lies below the level of the lawn like the bed of a stream, to the furniture and picture frames in the interior, the entire project was conceived as a unified work of art.

The Gamble House is a harmonious composition of related details that become the focus of this unusual book. After an introduction to the Greenes, the Gambles and the house, the reader is taken on a personal, in-depth tour behind the rope stands to examine at close range the artistry and craftsmanship that make this house one of the treasures of the century. Over 100 color photographs using only available light convey the dramatic and ever changing interior of this Arts and Crafts masterpiece. Explore close-up the sterling silver inlaid to precious woods, custom carpets designed to match patterns on rare ceramics, Japanese themed bas relief carved into wall paneling, intricate joinery and delicately pegged furniture. These striking details will be an inspiration to designers and anyone interested in fine craftsmanship.

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Dimensions 8.5 × 11 in

Softcover, 96 pages, 100 color photographs, Pub Date: June 1995



1 review for Images of the Gamble House: Masterwork of Greene and Greene

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    Edward R. Bosley, Author Gamble House

    “Rarely approached on any level by rivals in the architectural profession, Greene and Greene are now well served by this loving and poetic look at their masterwork.”

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