Fountains were another popular use of Malibu Tiles, and the Mediterranean friendly designs were appropriate for the hot weather that went along with splashing water.
The Adamson House has a few splendid examples of fountains, including the “Peacock Fountain” in the garden.
Other fountains used Malibu Tiles in their designs. Even the ever-so-English Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. had a Malibu-tiled fountain as a centerpiece in the hotel conservatory.
Also in Victoria, an automobile Showroom was entirely lined in Malibu Tiles, including a wide outdoor terrace that was flanked on each side by two wall fountains. Unfortunately, the showroom was demolished many years ago, and one of the fountains was salvaged for use in an outdoor restaurant, but the second fountain languished on, vandalized, bleakly looking out at a parking lot. Few people recognize its history today.
Other places that Malibu Tiles were used were on commercial buildings. Many buildings in the late 1920’s were built in a California/Spanish/Moorish variety of styles, evoking a sunny California lifestyle, even if the buildings were built in the wetter Pacific Northwest. Some were sparsely decorated with tiles, but they gave an appropriately “Spanish” icing on an otherwise fairly plain building, such as this example in Victoria, BC.
Seattle had many buildings that incorporated Malibu Tiles. One of them was the Rodgers Tile Company who decorated their own building with Malibu Tiles.