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The Gamble House: Behind the Velvet Ropes

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This is the front view of the iconic Gamble House in Pasadena, which was designed by architects Charles Greene and Henry Greene for David and Mary Gamble of Procter & Gamble Co. In 2008, the house celebrated its 100th anniversary. This and the following photos were taken during the Velvet Ropes Tour. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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The entry door designed by Greene and Greene actually consists of three doors. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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The Gamble House living room and piano. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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The hand-carved redwood frieze extends all around the living room. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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These photos of Mary and David Gamble are in the living room. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Docent John Hamm removes a drawer from the entryway table, which is made of Honduran mahogany. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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A close-up look at the finger joints and ebony trim on a drawer from the entryway table, which is made of Honduran mahogany. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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The Arts and Crafts stairway in the front hall features storage under the seat and a hidden closet around the corner. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Bobbi Mapstone, the public relations manager for the Gamble House, shows the secret panel door in the front hallway used by servants to enter and leave the kitchen. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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A look at the Gamble family silver, in the dining room. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Bobbi Mapstone, public relations manager for the Gamble House, pulls out a giant flour drawer in the kitchen. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Aunt Julia’s bedroom. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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The Greene and Greene tall dresser in the master bedroom. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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The Gamble House master bedroom. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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This second-floor hall lantern features the Gambles’ rose-and-crane family crest. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Bobbi Mapstone, public relations manager for the Gamble House, shows the linen closet. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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To avoid holes in the walls, paintings were hung using leather straps from a painting rail, as is demonstrated here in the master bedroom. To the right of the painting is a Rockwood vase. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Aunt Julia’s vanity, made of ash, has a jewelry insert. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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The second-floor bathroom has some stained glass. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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The attic in the iconic Gamble House. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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The backyard has a pond. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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A look at the Gamble House from its backyard. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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