One of the last large-scale installations of Malibu Tiles is in Victoria, B.C., and is planned to be demolished in 2011. The Victoria School Board (School District 61), in its wisdom, wants to demolish Oak Bay High School (built 1929) and its later 1960’s wings, and replace the entire building with a structure that the local newspaper has likened to looking like a “shopping mall” from the exterior.
It seems appropriate to inspect the exterior of the School and its Malibu Tiles, before it too disappears…
Malibu Tiles were widely popular in their heyday – which after all, only lasted six years. Imagine their effect had the Great Depression not wreaked its economic havoc in construction. Nevertheless, the tiles still survive – sometimes…
The Adamson House still cares for its tiles, and it is well worth a visit. Los Angeles City Hall has walls covered in Malibu Tiles, and smaller installations continue to be found and identified. And for collectors, a single Malibu tile can make a handsome addition to a wall or interior.
Keep your eyes open, and you may find more Malibu tiles near you!
For further reading and information, please see below.
Thank you to the volunteers of the Malibu Lagoon Museum for their dedication in making the Malibu Potteries’ story better known.