Barely one foot past the threshold of the Adamson House I was snapped out of my tile-induced reverie by a shrieking octogenarian docent who was horrified that I had defied Tour Rule Number 1—“Do not take any pictures inside the house!” My innocent slip-up was not enough to mar the rest of the house tour, although I did not dare raise my hand to ask even one question, lest it be something else that had already been covered.
Built in 1929 as a beach residence for a scion of the Rindge family, the last owners of the Malibu Spanish land grant, the house was constructed in the era’s popular Spanish Colonial style. From a fringed, Persian carpet made of tile to the stunning bathrooms, the house was a living showroom for the short-lived Malibu Tile Works, owned by the Rindges.
The gorgeous, well-preserved tile work, along with the family’s original furnishings, offer a glimpse into the Adamsons’ idyllic lifestyle of the 1930s.
The Adamson House is on the National Register of Historic Places and both the house and attached museum are part of the California State Park System. Be sure to check the website for opening hours and tour information, for although the grounds are free to visit and are open daily, the house is not. Parking available at an adjacent L.A. County lot or at the nearby Malibu Country Mart.