The Adamson House:
Just perusing Google to find something to do up in the Los Angeles area, we came across the Adamson House in Malibu.
This grand home sits on the beach very close to the Malibu Pier so we thought it might be interesting to see what it was all about, plus I have never seen the pier. At the very worst, hanging out by the beach wouldn’t be such a bad way to spend the day.
Situated just off of Pacific Coast Highway, we saw the Adamson sign and turned into an all day parking lot that cost a hefty twelve dollars a car. We learned later you could also park on the street to save the parking fees.
Since the home is open to the public, you don’t have to pay to just walk around the outside or visit the museum. It is only if you take the inside docent led tour that you have to pay a nominal seven dollars each.
We paid the fee and made our way into the five car garage that has been converted into the visitor center/ museum. There you can view old photos and learn a little more about the beginnings of the house.
While in the garage, you are then led to a seating area where the guide proceeds to tell you the history of how the home came to be.
My problem is, I am a visual person so I just wanted to get into the house. To top things off, somewhere during our guide’s speech she mentioned that no photos could be taken inside, darn!!!!
I started getting antsy, the history lesson was taking way too long. I just wanted the basics but she was getting into the chronicles of both the original families. I looked around and most people seemed to be enjoying the lecture by laughing when they were supposed to or nodding during interesting tidbits. My eyes were wandering, I was officially losing interest. Maybe these types of tours are not for me.
The History of Adamson House:
So with that in mind I will give you a very brief history.
This site was once the home of the Chumash Indians who lived there until the late 18thcentury. Later, the Rindge family owned the location as well as 20 miles of additional coastline and soon the family’s daughter, Rhoda, along with her husband, Merritt Huntley Adamson, used this plot of land to construct a beach house.
Built in 1929, it sits on one of the most premier oceanfront spots in all of Southern California.
In 1968 the State of California bought the property and it is now a National Historic Site plus a California Historical Landmark.
There is so much more involved in the history but let’s leave it at that and get to the actual tour!
It was now time to go inside! Standing in the courtyard, we got our first glimpse at the massive front door while the docent described the windows, tiles, and other architectural features. My eyes wandered yet again but this time towards that amazing beach, the sparkling ocean view, and just offshore, the emerging rocks of the tide pools
The view from the court yard. The tide pools are to the left.