Title of Installation:

Surf and Sand Motel (Advertising Installation)

Materials Used

Ceramic Tiles

Additional Materials Information

A reported 6’ x 6’ tile installation on or near the exterior of the Surf & Sand Motel/Hotel 

General Description

A tile installation advertising sign for the motel/hotel prior to the 1960s 

Technical Information

6’ x 6’; manufactured by the Brayton Laguna Pottery, Laguna Beach, CA 

Year Created

1930s or 1940s

Year Installed, if different:

Does Installation Still Exist? 


If Not, What Happened? 

It was destroyed in the 1960s when the old motel was remodeled into the Surf & Sand Hotel Resort 

State: CA

City: Laguna Beach

Specific Location

Surf & Sand Motel/Hotel/Resort, 1555 South Coast Highway 

GPS Coordinates: NA

Directions to Installation: NA

Additional Information (Websites, Citations, etc.):

See the “Brayton Laguna” chapter by Michael Padwee in California Tile: The Golden Era 1910-1940 Acme to HandcraftVolume I, Joseph A. Taylor, ed., Schiffer Publishing Co., Atglen, PA, 2003, pp. 62+. There are no known photos of this installation.

Submitted by

Michael Padwee (tileback101"at" in September 2010.

The Surf and Sand Motel has morphed into the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, CA (a Picture Post Card):