Tours will take place on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. All tours are docent-led unless otherwise specified.
Transportation to and from each tour is the responsibility of the attendee.
Saturday, July 18
NEW TIME: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Autry National Center of the America West
4700 Western Heritage Way; Los Angeles
Please arrive at the center by 1:45 pm, this one hour docent-led tour explores the "Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West" exhibit. You are free to explore the rest of the center at the close of the tour.
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Historical Walking Tour of New China Town
New China Town
411 Bernard Street; Los Angeles
$8.00 - Limited to 20 people
Chinatown was relocated in 1938 to its present location from the area where Union Station is now. The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California has actively promoted community history through an ongoing Walking Tour of the New Chinatown Program begun in 1981. Thousands of people have taken our educational tours, guided by well-trained docents.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum
600 State Dr., Exposition Park; Los Angeles
$5.00 - Limited to 20 people
Please arrive by 1:45 pm. The one hour docent-led tour explores "The African American Journey West" exhibit. You are free to explore the rest of the center at the close of the tour.
L Plaza de Cultura y Artes - self tour
501 North Main Street; Los Angeles
Open 12-6 pm
"LA Starts Here"
The first of its kind in approach and scope, LA Plaza's inaugural exhibition, LA Starts Here!, examines Mexican and Mexican American history and identity in Los Angeles. Iconic artifacts, one-of-a-kind interactive experiences, and captivating films reveal the region's rich and often unknown history as a multicultural project from its very beginnings. Visitors of all backgrounds are encouraged to think critically about the shaping of cultural and national identity in an increasingly diverse world.
Sunday, July 19
The Gamble House - self tour
4 Westmoreland Place; Pasadena
The Gamble House was designed in 1908 by architects Greene & Greene. It was commissioned by David and Mary Gamble, of Cincinnati, Ohio, as a winter residence.
David Berry Gamble, a second generation member of the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, had retired from active work in 1895, and with his wife, Mary Huggins Gamble, began to spend winters in Pasadena, residing in the area's resort hotels. By 1907, the couple had decided to build a permanent home in Pasadena. In June of that year, they bought a lot on the short, private street, Westmoreland Place, passing up the more fashionable address, South Orange Grove, known at that time as "Millionaires' Row."
At the same time the Gambles were selecting their lot on Westmoreland Place, a house designed by the firm of Greene & Greene was being built for John Cole on the adjacent property. Perhaps meeting the architects at the construction site, and certainly impressed with the other Greene & Greene houses in the Park Place neighborhood, the Gambles met with the brothers and agreed on a commission.
The architects worked closely with the Gambles in the design of the house, incorporating specific design elements such as the family crest among its motifs. Drawings for the house were completed in February 1908, and ground was broken in March. Ten months later, the house was finished, the first pieces of custom furniture were delivered, and The Gamble House became home to David Gamble, his wife Mary, and their youngest son Clarence. (Their oldest son Cecil was already working for Procter & Gamble; their middle son Sidney had just started at Princeton University.) Mary's younger sister, Julia, also came to live with the family. By the summer of 1910, all the custom-designed furniture was in place.
David and Mary lived in the house until their deaths in 1923 and 1929, respectively. Cecil Huggins Gamble and his wife Louise Gibbs Gamble began living in the house after Julia's death in 1944, and briefly considered selling it. They soon changed their minds, however, when prospective buyers spoke of painting the interior teak and mahogany woodwork white! The Gambles realized the artistic importance of the house and it remained in the Gamble family until 1966, when it was deeded to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California School of Architecture.