Picture building a house with no nails. Although this is not entirely a fact at the Gamble fact, it is as close as one can get to this idea.
While Frank Lloyd Wright was pioneering the Arts and Crafts movement in Chicago, in California the Greene brother’s, through their architectural firm – Greene & Greene, were pioneering the movement in Southern California.
The main premise of the Arts and Craft movement is incorporating small decorative elements into architectural design, thus steering construction away from the sterile design that was inherited from the Industrial Revolution.
The Gamble House, originally built by Greene & Greene for the Gamble family (from Procter & Gamble) is considered by some experts the greatest exponent of the Arts and Crafts moment in Southern California.
Traditionally, when a house like this was commissioned by a wealthy family, such as the Gambles, the commission included the design and manufacture of custom furniture, which to this day still sits inside the notorious house.
There is a myth, which has been throughly debunked, that the house was built using no nails. Although the statement is almost true, it is nevertheless inaccurate. However, the house was built using almost no nails or screws, and the few that were used, are not visible.
There is a strict no-photography allowed policy at the residence, but I somehow snuck a couple pictures to show my ample readership… You may recognize this house as the home of Dr Emmet Brown in the now iconic film Back to the Future.