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Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts

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Address: 5131 Carnelian Street, Alta Loma, CA 91701
Phone Number:
+1 909-980-0412
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Thu 12:00 - 16:00
Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Visit the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation on their 5 1/2 acre site set in...

Visit the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation on their 5 1/2 acre site set in the foothills of the San Gabrial Mountains, less than 2 miles from the 210 freeway. Public hours: Thurs and Sat, 12-4pm Sam Maloof was one of the most respected furniture makers of the 20th century. His rocking chairs were highly esteemed by both Presidents Reagan and Carter. His home was hand built by Sam and his assistants over a period of 40 years and reflects Sam's love of finely crafted wood, right down to unique hand-crafted wooden latches and hinges on the doors. When threatened by the 210 Freeway, several of his patrons banded together to assure the home received the recognition it deserved on the National Register of Historic Places where it is cited as a work of art in its own right. The home and associated shops where Sam continued to build furniture until his death at 93 in 2009 were moved to the current site in Alta Loma. This site now includes the historic home, which is open for docent led tours at a small fee, the Jacobs Education Center which presents changing exhibits and the lovely Gardens which encompass five different landscapes of California native plants and Mediterranean plants which demonstrate water wise gardening for Southern California home owners. The Gardens are open at no charge, as is the Jacobs Education center when there is a show in the center. Reservations for the Historic Home tours are strongly suggested.

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What a delight! Sam Maloof's name should roll off everyones tounge. He was a truly creative soul - built his own house and made furniture that has stood the test of time. Our... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Carmel, California
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Carmel, California
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

What a delight! Sam Maloof's name should roll off everyones tounge. He was a truly creative soul - built his own house and made furniture that has stood the test of time. Our tour was the fancy one, led by a gentleman, Larry, who knew Maloof for many years and worked with him as well - thus the tour was... More 

Thank phh26541
San Bernardino, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Amazing house of a master craftsman. Knowledgeable docents that have much history to share.Gardens are fairly large and lovely with cactus, succulents, and citrus. There are stairs, but they have videos for those that can't climb them.

Thank DDBoardman
Chestertown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We went here on a tour through the Palm Springs Modernism Festival on a cool rainy week day. It was a step back in time. So much so that you actually felt that Sam was watching and listening as we went through the rooks and gardens. It's an engineering fete of epic proportions as the complex itself was moved from... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Through the internet, we made reservations for the Saturday morning tour. At 10 am we entered the 3.5 acre complex and met Larry, our tour guide. He was an assistant to Sam Maloof starting in 1962, so he was an extra special guide because he knew Sam and had essentially lived the history. He is also a great storyteller. Mostly... More 

Thank marko18745
Mission Viejo, California
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Beautiful and historic property to tour. Very knowledgable docents. The house and gardens are beautiful. Sam Maloof was a wood working genius. Seeing the furniture he made and the home he built was an amazing experience.

Thank Gina M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Plan on a day. Sam Maloof was an American Master. If you enjoy master craftsmanship and fine wood art, this is the place. His #1 guy, Larry, leads a three hour tour. Larry worked along side Sam for 29 years, on and off. Larry is not short on words. If you are a wood worker sign up for the day... More 

Thank DBKuper
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

Call it a museum, a historic landmark, a memorial, a sanctuary, whatever; all those standard labels would be appropriate to describe the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. But for me, it is a more. Visiting the Foundation’s embracing and engaging suburban complex of a woodworking studio, a hand crafted residence, a gallery, and gardens promises a... More 

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Cancun, Mexico
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This is a well kept secret here in Alta Loma. I live less than a mile away but continue to bring all visitors here. Just look up Sam maloof on the internet and you will find out about this extraordinarily skilled wood artisan. His life, his love for his wife, his home, his connection To nature are all a very... More 

Thank Nancy C
Hesperia, California
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Reviewed 16 April 2016

Truly every inch a masterpiece in wood and art, the home tour of Sam and Alfreda Maloof was a walk through the mind of pure creative artists. Maloof was a master of the art of woodcarving, his wife an accomplished artist. A most fascinating tour, the home is filled with treasures beyond measure with Maloof's woodworking legacy in every part... More 

Thank TeresaT T
Claremont, California
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

Sam Maloof was a national treasure, honored by the Smithsonian among others. Visiting his home and woodworking center reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright centers in both Wisconsin and Arizona. Garden ditto.

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