The Kellogg House: Corn Flake King’s Summer Palace

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Features, Weekend Update

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Published on May 04, 2013 at 2:01 am with 12 Comments

Join us as we travel with MiceChatter, Wendygirl, to the campus of Cal State Pomona, about 30 minutes north of Disneyland. This is the site of the Kellogg family (think corn flakes) summer home and has been beautifully maintained as a historical attraction. Also on campus is the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, home to 85 purebred Arabian horses. ~~Rick

Today, I went with a group of Seniors on a brand new bus to tour the Kellogg House – yes, that Kellogg, the cereal maker – and the Arabian Horse Farm which is on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona.

This plaque is on the front of the house.

Myron Hunt, a distinguished southland architect whose projects included the Pasadena Rose Bowl and the Huntington Library, was commissioned to design W.K. Kellogg’s new west coast estate. Charles Gibbs Adams, a colorful character whose work was popular among many silent screen stars, was selected to landscape the grounds. One of his more notable commissions was the Hearst Castle garden in San Simeon California. Kellogg purchased his first 377 acres of land from rancher Cecil George in 1925, for $250,000. The main house was built at a cost of $150,000. [LINK]

The front door.

 

The fireplace in the entry room.

Ceiling in the entry room. Each room’s ceiling was different and each rooms fireplace was also different.

This is the dining room.

 

The fireplace in the dining room.

 

The unusual ceiling in the dining room.

I don’t remember what this room was called. It was next to the dining room and may have been the family dining room or breakfast room.

 

Ceiling in this room.

A collection of Kellogg Cereal plates that Mr. Kellogg commissioned Norman Rockwell to paint.

Looking into the kitchen.

In the kitchen they had all the Kellogg’s products showing from the cupboards :)

The flooring in the kitchen. This is not the original flooring which had to be torn out but looks like the original.

After the house was deeded to the State, when WWII started it was turned over to the government. The government however had no use for it and they were going to auction it off. Mr. Kellogg got the house back for $1. It’s a long story.

A tapestry that looks like the original.

The main room in the house. This is where we were told the story of the Kellogg family and this home which was built in 1926. It was the families Winter home because their main home was in Battlecreek, Michigan. All the original furnishings were auctioned off in 1949. What is now in the home are donations or reproductions. Thanks to an article and photos in a 1928 issue of Architectural Digest, they had something to go on when they redid the house.

Lovely organ (which is operational) and on the left a grand piano in the main room.

Mrs. Kellogg’s bedroom. This would be the second Mrs. Kellogg as the first Mrs. Kellogg died when she was 32.

The other side of her room.

Looking out to a sleeping porch.

Another sleeping porch.

Mr. Kellogg’s room.

The other side of Mr. Kellogg’s bedroom.

Looking at the house from a porch.

Outside on the patio looking at the house.

Mr. Kellogg’s study.

I always seem to find a Disney connection when I go to places.

Any idea what that connection might be?

On the small statue of the horse are these words “Assaf (King John) Desert bred Arabian Stallion from Egypt used as model for Prince Charming’s horse in the Disney classic ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ “. Pretty neat. Also this horse was Mr. Kellogg’s favorite horse.

After the house tour we boarded the bus and drove over the have a delicious lunch at the Conference Center. It was a buffet and very nice. I should have taken pictures in there!

Very lovely place. I did not know they ran a hotel there!

These beautiful roses were right outside. Such a lovely shade of lavender.

After lunch we again boarded the bus and head to the horse farm.

 

The W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center traces its origins back to 1925, when the late W. K. Kellogg, founder of the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan, purchased land and built his ranch in Pomona. In 1949, Kellogg donated his ranch to the state of California, providing that (1) the property be used for educational purposes, and (2) the traditional Arabian horse shows, started by Kellogg in 1926 to demonstrate the beauty and versatility of the Arabian horse, be continued. The program at Cal Poly Pomona has been developed with these wishes in mind.

The Center occupied the original Kellogg stables prior to the dedication of the existing facility on April 6, 1974. It is home to approximately 85 purebred Arabian horses used in Equine Sciences’ teachings, outreach, research and internationally recognized breeding and training programs. Facilities at the center include 38 acres of pasture, three barns, foaling stalls, a breeding area, a veterinary clinic, a farrier shop, four arenas and a grandstand. [LINK]

Arriving at the horse farm.

Another lovely place.

These are the stables for the show horses.

The first Sunday of every month from October through May, they put on a horse show at 2 PM. Cost in minimal, something like $4

 

This young lady was our guide. I think I heard and learned more about horses than I will ever remember!

 

It’s colt season!

Isn’t he cute? He’s only a little over a week old. So far there have been 13 births this season and they expect 3 more births within the next few week.

A surrogate mommy horse. Many of the female Arabian show horses do not give birth to their own babies. Also, some people contract with the facility to have their horses brought there so their horse can give birth in a great place.

On the Foal Pole they post a colored flag when a colt is born – pink for a girl and blue for a boy. This horse is being cooled down after having been out riding for exercise.

We went outside to see the horses and their colts. These colts are a bit older, the oldest one was born in February.

They sleep a lot.

This horse is the mommy of this colt.

They also eat a lot.

Thank you Wendygirl for sharing your adventure with us!

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • daveinfontana

    Never knew this was there. Great story.

  • Fortune Red

    I always love seeing these monuments that reflect a simpler time when California was the land gracious living. Such a contrast to the modern setting.

  • eicarr

    Great report! Always appritiate something new to do on my next DL trip. There should be a permanent page with links to stories highlighting side trips in the DL area like this.

  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    Love it. Thank you Wendygirl for exposing me to an attraction I never knew about.

  • Wendygirl

    Thanks for your kind comments. It was a really great day. Many years ago when I was little my brother (Lost Boy) and I went with our parents to see this place. Most of those memories are gone for me so I appreciated a chance to revisit the place. I’m hoping to go and see one of the horse shows next season.

  • Lost Boy

    I remember when we went, but I don’t think the house was open at that time. I remember spending most of my time walking around the stables and looking at the beautiful Arabian horses. I remember that we also watched the arena show. It was a day of fun and I was really into horses at that time they are beautiful animals and the Arabians are the founder of every other horse breed. Long day but well worth it. Great report Sis.

  • Stormy

    Grew up quite close to Cal Poly. As a horse-mad young girl in the late ’60s, early ’70s before I got my own horse I spent many days wandering the stables & going to the horse shows & dreaming. Such a wonderful facility & magnificent animals.

    A little lesson in horse terms; a baby horse is a foal (not a colt). A male foal is a colt, a female foal is a filly.

  • penguinsoda

    I too never knew this place existed. What a wonderful piece of history! I love finding little known out of the way treasures like this to explore! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • dazyhill

    I went to Cal Poly Pomona and graduated from there. They offered (and I think they still do) classes in equitation (horseback riding) to any of the students for college credit. I took some classes at the Arabian Horse Center for a couple of quarters and learned how to ride a horse.
    The Cal Poly Arabians are an important part of the school and to the history of the Arabian horse in the U.S.

    • Asterix

      I’m a Cal Poly graduate too! I really wanted to take equitation but it never worked out with my schedule. I enjoyed my time on its beautiful campus very much.

  • KENfromOC

    What a great place to visit. I never new about the Kellogg connection. Always thought they were strictly back east folks!
    Thanks for the wonderful report and photos!

  • Sparky

    Thanks for the nice report. I attended a conference at the Kellogg Center 2 or 3 summers ago. It’s a very nice facility for smaller scale conferences. The staff for the overnight guest rooms, restaurant and conference rooms are students for the hospitality industry. I was very impressed and really enjoyed attending a conference in this lovely setting. One afternoon, we were bussed over to the Kellogg House and got to tour it. While I was somewhat familiar with Kellogg history, as the Kellogg brothers were originally part of my church denomination when they developed corn flakes and started their company, I had been unaware of this California connection. We didn’t visit the Arabian Horse ranch, but did walk around the impressive Cal Poly campus. There are so many interesting places to visit and things to do in SoCal when one takes time out from going to the Disney Parks!