The Book

One of Maloof’s most impressive works is the house he built up over the years from an existing 800-square-foot bungalow to the sprawling two-story, 22-room structure it is today. It was an ongoing project starting in the 1950s, when he and his young family moved to Rancho Cucamonga, and it was constructed mostly without a design plan with help from relatives and studio assistants.

In the 1990s, after the 210 Freeway was approved to run through his property, supporters rose up to help move the house and studio a few miles to its current location. Today it operates as the nonprofit Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of more than 30 properties in the National Trust’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program, which includes the residences of other artists such as Grant Wood, Winslow Homer, Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe.