Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Momentary Change of Pace: The Gamble House in Pasadena

Several years ago, I posted something about the Gamble House in Pasadena, noting in passing that it and many other Craftsman houses of the era are "dark as caves."

Here's a video shot by someone taking the tour of the Gamble House. The video demonstrates just what I mean. Even though it is bright sunlight outside, and the light shines through the windows and the stained glass doors, and even though every light in the house is on, the tour guide still has to use a flashlight to illuminate various details -- beautiful details to be sure -- which would be almost imperceptible in the gloom.

It's the most remarkable thing: this huge house, with many windows, brilliant daylight and every electric light in the house is blazing, and still it is as dark almost everywhere inside as a cave.

Some people like that.

There are many other videos of the same tour at the YouTube link.

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