Gamble House: Upstairs-Downstairs

Jun 23, 2013

19th century maids; photo found at

Being “in service.”

In other words, allowing the wealthy to live and thrive, be gay and socialize, while others toil. Over the millennia and in every corner of the world, men, women, and children have been enslaved, indentured, or in the employ of others—”in service” to those who couldn’t, wouldn’t, or can’t imagine themselves washing a garment, cleaning a dish, ironing a shirt, or sweeping a floor.

Now, for three weeks only, and for the first time ever, the doors shall be open to the servants’ halls and rooms at The Gamble House. Tours will include the basement with original laundry sinks and the coal room, and all of the 2nd and 3rd floors. This one-hour tour will also include close-up views of Greene & Greene designed furniture that is usually “too far behind velvet ropes to see in detail,” those on tour shall “witness the careful ways the Greenes’ designed the servants’ spaces in the house.”

This special tour runs from Thursday, August 1st through Sunday, August 18th. Only ten people are allowed on each tour, so tickets are expected to sell out.

The Gamble House: Upstairs-Downstairs
Thursday, Aug. 1st-Sunday, Aug. 18th
Tuesdays, 12:15 and 12:45 p.m
Thursdays-Sundays, every half hour, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
No tours Mondays and Wednesdays
Tickets: $20; free for children 12 and under
4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena 91103
For more info, visit or call 626.793.3334


House maid, c. 1908; photo courtesy of Library of Congress (original copyright by General Electric Co.)


2 Responses for “Gamble House: Upstairs-Downstairs”

  1. Martha Vickers says:

    Your second paragraph is an obnoxious turnoff. Editor!

  2. Kat Ward says:

    We’re sorry you feel that way, Martha, but we feel it’s the truth, and certainly no reason not to go on the tour! The Gamble family only had two live-in servants and the accommodations are simple but ample, and on the same floor as the family since the house is only two stories.



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