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Friday, May 16, 2008 The Adamson House

The late twenties in Malibu must have seen really something.  This is the restored Adamson House on Pacific Coast Highway:

    This classic home was designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1929 and was built for Rhoda Rindge Adamson and her husband, Merritt Huntley Adamson. The couple were the daughter and son-in-law of Frederick Hastings Rindge and May Knight Rindge, last owners of the Malibu Spanish Land Grant. 

    The house and grounds share one of the most beautiful beach locations in Southern California. Gorgeous views are afforded the visitor - Malibu Lagoon, Malibu Beach and the Malibu Pier.

    There is a lovely pool with adjoining bathhouse, extensively decorated with Malibu tile. The tile also adorns several sparkling fountains. Flagstone pathways wind through the pristine landscape to provide walkways for our visitors.

The Adamson House, Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Stiles Oliver Clements, 1929

You will find the complete history of the place here - construction began in 1929 and it was occupied the summers, beginning in 1930, and lived in year-round beginning in 1937. In 1968, the State purchased the property.  In 1971, the president of nearby Pepperdine University moved in, as part of an effort to maintain the house until it could be properly restored and shown to the public. The Malibu Lagoon Interpretive Association was formed in 1981, and they carefully planned for the opening of the house as a museum, in 1983.  Now it is California Registered Historical Landmark Number 966, and these are the responsible parties.

The Adamson House, Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Stiles Oliver Clements, 1929
The Adamson House, Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Stiles Oliver Clements, 1929
The Adamson House, Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Stiles Oliver Clements, 1929
The Adamson House, Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Stiles Oliver Clements, 1929

It even has a cool garage

The Adamson House, Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Stiles Oliver Clements, 1929
The Adamson House, Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Stiles Oliver Clements, 1929

Next page - 1929 Windows

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Technical Note:

Photographs after March 3, 2008, were taken with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D70 when noted. All previous photographs were taken with the D70. The lenses used are (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto, or (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  The earliest photography in the archives was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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