Adamson House Holiday Tours Offered

Holiday tours of the famous Adamson House in Malibu will be offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December. They will run from 3:15 to 7:15 p.m. and reservations may be made by calling 310-456-9378 or by visiting the website adamsonhouse.org.

This is a perfect place to take out-of-town guests. The house is located at 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, along the ocean, about 10 miles from Pacific Palisades after the Malibu Pier and just before the Malibu Country Mart.

The beautiful 5,000-sq.-ft. house is located with the Malibu Lagoon State Beach park, and features some of the most exquisite ceramic tile ever made. The tile is found throughout the five bedrooms and its attached bathrooms. There is even a 60-ft. simulated Persian carpet made of 674 tiles, complete with fringe.

The Peacock Fountain at the Adamson House.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The tiles were created by Rufus Keeler, of the now defunct Malibu Potteries, and some have called the Adamson House the “Taj Mahal of Tile.”

The State of California claimed the buildings and property through eminent domain in 1968 in order to raze the buildings to make a parking lot for beach goers.

There was public outcry and in 1971, the Chancellor of Pepperdine University moved into the house in an effort to maintain it. The Malibu Historical Society was formed to preserve the house, which became a California Historical Landmark in 1985.

The Adamson House and Museum will be closed December 24, 25 and January 1.

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