Brilliantly patterned tile work at the Historic Adamson House.
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Adamson House Entryway
below... the Star Pool
Rich with history, the Malibu Lagoon area is believed by many to trace back to a Chumash Indian village,
called Pueblo de las Canoas by the Spanish explorer Juan Cabrillo in 1542.
Adamson House is located adjacent to the Lagoon:
The original site .. "a series of large sand dunes - 13 acres in size. As construction of the house neared completion, good humus was transported from nearby canyons. Garden beds 5 to 10 feet deep were graded and landscaped with many exotic and native plants. Rhoda Adamson planted several rose and victory gardens...."
Architect Stiles Clements designed the house in a Spanish Colonial Revival style
for Merritt Huntley Adamson and his wife, Rhoda, the daughter of Frederick and May Rindge.
Dating to 1930, the home and gardens comprise a unique setting,
decorated indoors and out with stunning ceramic tiles manufactured by Malibu Potteries.
May K. Rindge established the pottery in 1926.
The Great Depression and a fire signaled the company's closure in 1932.
Originally the family's summer place, the house eventually became the Adamsons' principal residence.
Purchased by the state of California in 1968, plans were to tear down the house and create a parking lot!
A concerned community managed to halt the destruction of this unique landmark.
Visitors touring the house see the original, beautifully preserved furnishings.
A venerable California Sycamore, Plantanus racemosa, takes center stage on the Wedding Lawn.
Arborist Aaron Landworth and a volunteer docent happened to be on-site to discuss the health
of the Pink Snowball tree.
Thus, despite the property being closed for the day, I entered through the imposing gateway on a Sunday afternoon.
While a conference took place about the Dombeya tree, I strolled the grounds to find
the exemplary tilework abetted by a magnificent collection of trees:
A Bunya-Bunya, Mexican Fan Palms, and rare New Zealand Chaste Tree (Vitex lucens),
among the garden specimens.
A tree I had never before seen or heard about, the Primrose or Cow Itch tree
(Lagunaria patersonii) hails from Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean. ("..seed capsules open to reveal five compartments and should be handled with care because of the fine sharp hairs" - http://trees.stanford.edu/)
Periwinkle blue window frames complement the handsome tiles set around the doorway
in the patio area where the snowball tree (Dombeya cayeuxii) emerges.
I'm pleased to report, the prognosis for the tree is good!
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