Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series: Whimsy in L.A. March 25, 2014

Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series:

Storybook Style: Whimsy in L.A.

Author Douglas Keister


the short-lived history of a true

Southern California architectural style on March 25, 2014

gamblehouseTop (Left):  A Long Beach cottage; Middle (Center): Beverly Hill’s famed Spadena home (aka the Witches House), Bottom (Right): the Tam O’Shanter Restaurant in Los Feliz. Photos by Douglas Keister.


PASADENA, CA – Fairytale houses dot the Southern California landscape, including neighborhoods of Burbank, Hancock Park, Los Feliz to name just a few. But where did this delightful architecture inspired by medieval Europe come from?


For “Storybook Style: Whimsy in L.A.” author Dougals Keister will outline the history, share stories and present marvelous images of these half-timbered and turreted, pinnacled and portcullised houses that combine theatrical flair with fine craftsmanship – and large doses of humor.


These old world charmers began in Los Angeles in the early 1920s and were almost forgotten by the late 1930s. Keister will discuss how WWI and Hollywood set makers were responsible for these quaint European-styled dwellings that, according to Keister, “made everyone smile.”


“Storybook Style: Whimsy in L.A.” takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91103. Lecture tickets are $30 per person, $25 for FOGH members. Because of the limited seating, reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, visit



Storybook Style: Whimsy in L.A.,7 p.m., March 25, 2014 The Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Author Douglas Keister shares stories and marvelous images of fairytale homes that originated in L.A. during the 1920s. $30, $25 FOGH. For tickets and more information, visit


About Douglas Keister

Dubbed “America’s most noted photographer of historic architecture,” Keister is a Chico-based photographer-writer who was authored 35 critically acclaimed books, including 25 on architecture from Victorian homes to bungalows, cemetery art to courtyards and cottages.He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers and other publications.


About the Friends of the Gamble House (FOGH)

A support group of the University of Southern California, the FOGH is composed of individuals, corporations and organizations dedicated to the financial support of the Gamble House. Membership fees and Friends-sponsored events help fund the education and restoration programs of the Gamble House.


About the Gamble House

Built in 1908, the Gamble House is the most complete and best-preserved example of the work of renowned Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene. The Gamble House is an internationally recognized National Historic Landmark, in the style of the American Arts and Crafts movement. The Gamble House is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California School of Architecture.


The Gamble House is open for public, docent-led, one-hour tours Thursday through Sunday, noon – 3:00 p.m. and for specialty tours and programs, closed on national holidays. For more information please visit


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