by Kate Nixon
2019 will be a year of change for the Gamble House.
The famous architectural Arts & Crafts example in Pasadena, California will split ties from the University of Southern California School of Architecture and has already started the process of the creation of an Independent Non-Profit Organization. Gamble House supporters directly involved in the transition have supplied the following information:
“After 52 years of successful stewardship as a program of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture, The Gamble House expects to be established soon as a new, independent non-profit organization, to be known as the Gamble House Conservancy. The 1966 donation agreement among the Gamble family (as donors), the City of Pasadena (as owner) and USC (as operator) did not envision the future success that the house would have as a going concern, completely self-supporting through ongoing fundraising toward its endowment and operating costs. Such a model did not really exist at the time, particularly in California. Now, with the support and cooperation of the Gamble family and the City, we are working through the many complexities of the situation with USC to determine the future.”
“The Gamble House community of docents, staff and many Friends worldwide can look forward to seeing The Gamble House fulfill its potential with greater self-governance.”
“In this transition period while the new organizational structure is set up, the Gamble House’s director of 24 years, Ted Bosley, is now working as a consultant to the nascent organization. The house’s curator, Jennifer Trotoux, is serving as Interim Director for this period. The house will, of course, remain available to students at all levels, whether graduate students in architecture making a close study of the house or the many 3rd graders on field trips hosted by our middle-school Junior Docents. While this is an important step for the administration and governance of the house, it will likely be unnoticeable in the visitor experience. The change is meant to ensure the continuity of the house’s leadership, preservation standards, and educational mandate. The Gamble House community of docents, staff and many Friends worldwide can look forward to seeing The Gamble House fulfill its potential with greater self-governance.”
Interim Director Trotoux will introduce a screening of “The Gamble House” – a documentary about the famous house by director Don Hahn – Saturday, February 16th at 8PM in the Omni Grove Park Inn Ballroom. Additionally, Trotoux will address the change to a nonprofit status and to answer questions after the movie. The screening is free for all to attend – admission is courtesy of the nonprofit Arts & Crafts Research Fund.
Documentary screening of “The Gamble House” directed by Don Hahn
Introduction by Interim Director of the Gamble House Jennifer Trotoux
Saturday, February 16th at 8:00 PM
Omni Grove Park Inn Ballroom (located in Sammons Wing)
Admission: free courtesy of the nonprofit Arts & Crafts Research Fund