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Fueled by the James Castle House in Boise, Idaho, and the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this seasonal virtual tour series ventures deep into the museums, homes, and preserved spaces that nurtured the creation of thousands of artworks. 

Events are offered virtually and free of charge upon registration. Live American Sign Language (ASL) is provided.

Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts 

Alta Loma, California

April 13, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)


Kicking off this six-part virtual road trip from Alta Loma, California, we’ll explore the handmade home of self-taught woodworker Sam Maloof and his wife Alfreda. Nestled in the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, this sprawling residence is filled not only with Maloof’s own creations, such as a hand-carved spiral staircase and his famous rocking chairs, but also the artworks of friends and colleagues. As we explore the present-day site, we’ll learn about the ongoing programs that connect and share Sam Maloof’s lasting influence on American craft with contemporary audiences.  


The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts is a Smithsonian Affiliate founded on the legacy of California Modernist woodworker Sam Maloof (1916-2009) and Alfreda Ward Maloof (1911-1998), who together built one of America’s foremost 20th-century craft enterprises. Located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Maloof Historic Home celebrates a half-century of artful living, with tours, workshops, exhibitions, and a drought-tolerant Discovery Garden offering examples of botanical species used by Tongva and other Indigenous communities in traditional food, medicine, and basketry. 

Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: Couse-Sharp Historic Site 

Taos, New Mexico

May 25, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)


On the second stop of this six-part virtual road trip, we'll tour the creative spaces of painters Eanger Irving Couse and Joseph Henry Sharp, both founding members of the Taos Art Colony. Longtime friends and neighbors, Couse and Sharp’s adjacent properties include a complex of charming adobe structures, adapted into homes and studios, as well as a splendid high-desert garden, designed by Couse’s wife, Virginia. These spaces, with their original architecture, furnishings, and collections, provide insight into Couse and Sharp’s daily lives and creative practices in the Taos Art Colony. As we tour the historic site, we’ll discover how the surrounding landscapes and cultures influenced both artists’ work and legacies.  


The Couse-Sharp Historic Site is both a time capsule of two painters’ homes and studios from the early 20th century and a place of inspiration and education where visitors experience a crossroads of cultures. The history of Eanger Irving Couse (1866-1936), Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953), the Taos Society of Artists, and other early artists of the area—Native, Hispano, and Anglo—is an American story of national importance. The campus’s state-of-the-art Lunder Research Center, a hub of historical information, offers art and archives for education, scholarship, civic engagement, and cultural empowerment 

Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: T.C. Steele State Historic Site 

Nashville, Indiana 

June 8, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)


As the third stop of this six-part virtual road trip, we’ll explore the pastoral landscapes that inspired painter Theodore Clement (T.C.) Steele. Perched atop a hill, Steele and his wife Selma’s charming red “House of the Singing Winds” and three studios are surrounded by several acres of tranquil gardens, views of which are captured in many of Steele’s paintings. Exploring the present-day site, we’ll learn about T.C. Steele’s lasting legacy and his philosophy of infusing art and nature into daily life.   


T.C. Steele (1847-1926) was a nationally and internationally recognized painter of American Impressionist-style landscapes, as well as portraits in the style of German Realism. The T.C. Steele State Historic Site was given to the State of Indiana by Steele’s wife, Selma Neubacher Steele, in 1945. Selma desired to preserve her husband’s legacy as an artist through the home, studio, and other buildings, 350 of his paintings, 211 acres, and all original furnishings and building contents at the site. Open to the public since 1945, the T.C. Steele State Historic Site today offers a variety of tours, experiences, and artist-in-residence programs.

Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: Historic Westwood 

Knoxville, Tennessee 

July 20, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)


For the fourth stop of this six-part virtual road trip, we’ll adventure into the awe-inspiring estate and studio of Adelia Armstrong Lutz. Designed specifically for her to meet her vision for a creative space, Lutz’s grand studio features cathedral ceilings, an impressive skylight, a fireplace, and over 30 of her original artworks. Lutz also designed several architectural elements for her home including painted fireplace tiles and frescoed walls. As we tour Historic Westwood, we’ll discover not only Lutz’s creative practice and lifelong commitment to local arts but the site’s ongoing preservation efforts.  


Historic Westwood is the home, studio, and gallery of prominent East Tennessee artist, Adelia Armstrong Lutz (1859-1931) and her husband John Edwin Lutz. Built in 1890, the couple commissioned one of Knoxville’s best-known architectural firms, Baumann Brothers, to design Westwood. This resulted in an impressive Queen Anne-style house with Richardsonian Romanesque accents in stone. A rare aspect of the design was Lutz’s painting studio and art gallery, by far the grandest room in the house. Today, Westwood showcases over thirty of the artist’s works along with family memorabilia.

Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation 

New York, New York 

August 17, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)


On the fifth stop of this six-part virtual road trip, we’ll immerse ourselves in the home of sculptor Chaim Gross and his wife and muse, Renee. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this four-story townhouse contained the couple's domestic residence and their creative workspaces. Chaim Gross’s one-of-a-kind studio features an intricate wood floor, dramatic skylight, and over 50 of his major wood, stone, and bronze sculptures. Exploring the present-day site, we’ll hear about the programs and opportunities that connect contemporary artists and audiences to the Grosses’ collections, home, and legacy.  


The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation preserves and interprets the historic home, studio, and art collections of American sculptor Chaim Gross (1902-1991) and his wife Renee (1909-2005). Chaim Gross is renowned for his direct carvings in wood as well as his bronzes, often of families, acrobats, and dancers. Located in Greenwich Village, the building was originally designed by Joseph M. Dunn as a storefront with lofts above and purchased by the Grosses in 1961. The Foundation’s mission is to further the legacy of Chaim Gross through high-quality research, exhibitions, and educational activities around the historic building and art collections for audiences in New York City and beyond. The Foundation stewards the Grosses’ extensive collections of African, American, European, Pre-Columbian, Oceanic, and decorative arts in addition to an archive and library. 

Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center 

East Hampton, New York

September 14, 2023 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)


As the final stop on this six-part virtual road trip, we’ll venture to the preserved home and studio of painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. Evidence of both artists’ spontaneous working styles is still visible on the floors and walls of the barn-turned-studio, where sharp lines and colorful splatters indicate where several works of art were created. Their rustic home remains an intimate space, filled with well-loved records, books, and personal items that speak to both artists’ tastes and daily lives. As we delve into the site as it is today, we’ll learn about the efforts to share Pollock and Krasner’s work and promote scholarship in 20th-century American art.   


Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) and Lee Krasner (1908-1984) moved to what is now the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in 1945. In this rural homestead, comprising an 1879 house, an early 20th-century barn converted as a studio, and three outbuildings, they painted their abstract expressionist masterpieces. A National Historic Landmark and founding Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios member, the property is interpreted as the setting where both artists created their most significant works. An art reference library and archives focus on modern American art. Visitors from around the world enjoy guided tours and virtual reality studio tours by reservation from May – October. Remote tours and workshops, lectures, and research services are available year-round. 

Watch all recorded presentations from the 2022 Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip. Featured sites include:

Wharton Esherick Museum

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens


The Georgia O'Keeffe Home & Studio

Noah Puriofy Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Art

C.M. Russell Museum

Watch all recorded presentations from the 2021 Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip. Featured sites include:

James Castle House

The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Melrose Plantation

Roger Brown Study Collection

The Dorothy Riester House & Studio