Surf & Sand Resort partners with Friends of Hortense Miller Garden to restore historic home in Laguna Beach

Surf & Sand Resort announces its collaboration with the Friends of Hortense Miller Garden to breathe new life into the iconic Mid-Century Modern home of Hortense Miller. Demonstrating a steadfast commitment to preserving the region’s rich heritage, Surf & Sand Resort has generously allocated resources to repair and repaint this historic landmark.

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Photos courtesy of Friends of Hortense Miller Garden

Iconic Mid-Century Modern home of Hortense Miller

Originally gifted to the city in 1976, the Hortense Miller Garden has long served as a cherished oasis for residents and visitors alike. However, during a recent public Open House, Laguna Beach City Councilmember Mark Orgill noted areas of the building in need of attention. Recognizing the opportunity to make a meaningful impact, Joanna Bear, general manager at Surf & Sand Resort, reached out to Orgill to explore avenues for community involvement while simultaneously providing employment opportunities for resort staff during their current renovation period.

“I approached Councilmember Orgill to discuss ways in which Surf & Sand Resort could contribute to the local community and keep our dedicated employees engaged,” said Joanna Bear. “We are deeply committed to serving as responsible stewards of our heritage and are honored to support the restoration of the Hortense Miller home.”

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Experienced painters worked on the historic home

In response to Orgill’s suggestion, Surf & Sand Resort mobilized a team of skilled painters and maintenance staff to undertake the restoration work. Over the past week, three experienced painters have diligently scraped, sanded and painted the historic home, which sits majestically overlooking Boat Canyon. The ongoing collaboration between Surf & Sand Resort and the Friends of Hortense Miller Garden epitomizes the spirit of unity and cooperation within the Laguna Beach community.

Bob Borthwick, a board member of the Friends of Hortense Miller Garden, expressed his gratitude for the support received, stating, “I honestly thought that the offer was too good to be true. This is truly a miracle.” The restoration efforts serve as a testament to the power of community partnership in preserving the legacy of our shared history.

Surf & Sand Resort remains steadfast in their commitment to supporting initiatives that enhance the cultural vibrancy and beauty of Laguna Beach. Through collaborative endeavors like the restoration of the Hortense Miller home, Surf & Sand Resort reaffirms their dedication to hospitality and goodwill in the community.

For more information on Surf & Sand Resort and its community initiatives, visit www.surfandsandresort.com. For more information on Hortense Miller Garden, visit www.hortensemillergarden.org.


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