Building Paradise in California

Sep 7, 2015

Gamble-House_photo_Alex-VertikoffAlex Vertikoff‘s books are titled Weird Rooms, Hidden L. A., and At Home in the Heartland. He’s been the architectural and promotional photographer for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Villa and Center and for the Skirball Cultural Center. His biography states that he “was the first foreign artist to have a traveling exhibit of his photographs in the People’s Republic of China.”

Now more of Vertikoff’s esteemed work may be seen in the newly released The Gamble House: Building Paradise in California written by Gamble House Director Edward R. Bosley, Gamble House curator Anne Mallek, California architectural author Dr. Robert Winter, and Ann Scheid of the Greene and Green archive at the Huntington Library.

Allison Engel of USC News asserts it’s “a safe bet: you’ll enjoy a new book on the Gamble House.”

She calls Vertikoff’s photos striking and the essays engaging, explaining that Mallek writes about the Gamble “family’s history, interests and involvement in the home’s planning and construction,” Bosley contributes a chapter on the Greene brothers and Schneid “gives historic perspective on the design of the home’s garden, as well as the family’s role in developing and maintaining its green spaces.”

Robert Winter, an emeritus professor at Occidental College and a fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians, supplied an essay on “Greene Memories” for the book. The text details his long association with the house and gives background on its active docent program. (Allison Engel/USC News)


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This impressive group kicks off the season’s first Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series on September 14.

Vertikoff will present photographs that didn’t make it into the book along with a colorful array of stories to accompany them. A panel discussion with the authors follows, while a book signing and reception at Gamble House will round out the evening.

Paradise in California
Monday, Sept. 14th, 7 p.m.
Neighborhood Church (Sanctuary), 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena
Cost: $30, public; $25, FOGH members
Purchase tickets here
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The Gamble House: Building Paradise in California, 200 pages, published by The Gamble House/USC School of Architecture and CityFiles Press. $60.

The Gamble House bookstore: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tel.: 1.626.449.4178.

Safe Bet: You’ll Enjoy New Book on Gamble House” by Allison Engel, July 14, 2015.

All photos by Alex Vertikoff.




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