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Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts

5131 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, CA 91701-1421
+1 909-980-0412
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What an amazing craftsman!

Sam Maloof was a craftsman with exceptional ability to view a piece of furniture in his head and... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Carol S
Upland, California
Beautiful wood work

This man has an eye for beauty. Some of the samples of his work are unbelieveable. A true artist... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Seattle, Washington
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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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5131 Carnelian St, Alta Loma, CA 91701-1421
+1 909-980-0412
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

Sam Maloof was a craftsman with exceptional ability to view a piece of furniture in his head and make it a reality. He and his wife Alfreda also built a wonderful collection of art. The docent led tours give you a lot of information about...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This man has an eye for beauty. Some of the samples of his work are unbelieveable. A true artist. This is the story of a man who worked work his whole life and turned our creations that anyone would love to have in their home....More

Thank davcarl
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank phh26541
Reviewed 4 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
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...More

Thank Hokie67
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...More

Thank marko18745
Reviewed 14 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
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...More

Thank DBKuper
Reviewed 4 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...More

Thank Sam&Peggy
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,...More

Thank Nancy C
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18 April 2017|
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Response from Nancy C | Reviewed this property |
I agree with other comments that it is not really activity rich. There's a tour of the house, a walk thru museum and big sculpture and flower garden to walk thru