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.