$10 for Two Tickets to a Guided Architecture Tour of The Gamble House ($25 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • A National Historic Landmark
  • Part of the Arts and Crafts movement in architecture
  • Stunningly detailed estate

The Fine Print

Expires Jul 7th, 2010. Limit 1 per person, may purchase multiple as gifts. Must make a reservation for 2 p.m. tour a week in advance. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Architecture is humanity's way of overshadowing the ornate dams of beavers and masterful decoration of rabbit-den bungalows. Celebrate design innovation that redefines homebodies with today's deal. For $10, you get two tickets to a one-hour tour of The Gamble House at Westmoreland Place in Pasadena, a $25 value. This Groupon is only good toward the 2 p.m. docent-guided tours, which take place Thursday–Sunday and require a reservation at least one week in advance.

The Gamble House was constructed between 1908 and 1909, an astonishing achievement designed by the brother-architects Greene & Greene for Mr. and Mrs. David and Mary Gamble of the Midwest. Built as a retirement sanctuary, the estate exemplifies architecture's Arts and Crafts movement through its incorporation of natural materials, handcrafted detail, bold aesthetics, and ample googly eyes. One-hour guided group tours lead keen-eyed spectators through the inspired views of the exquisite abode. Knowledgeable guides illuminate the natural beauty of the spacious yards and gardens and describe the cultural and architectural context of the stunning interior.

Through a close relationship with the University of Southern California School of Architecture, The Gamble House is able to provide an acute perspective into the historical significance of the stirring estate. Architecture buffs and undercover fans of Norm Abram will fawn over the multi-angled attention that is paid to every inch of the house, while future retirees will be inspired to procure their own set of antique architect siblings.

Reviews

The Gamble House received write-ups in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Travel Guide, and Frommer's. Four Citysearchers give it an average of four stars, and six TripAdvisors give it 4.5:

  • …a sublime example of Arts and Crafts architecture. The interior, designed by the famous Pasadena-based Greene & Greene architectural team, abounds with handcraftsmanship, including intricately carved teak cornices, custom-designed furnishings, elaborate carpets, and a fantastic Tiffany glass door. No detail was overlooked. – Frommer's
  • A must for locals as well as tourists, the Gamble House will, simply, make you drool with envy and swoon with admiration. – jessicabranch_citysearch, Citysearch
  • This house is a wonder. Anyone interested in architecture or the decorative arts should see it. – Regi184, TripAdvisor