Photograph of a view of the shore at Santa Monica taken from the Old Santa Monica Hotel, ca.1885. The balcony of the Old Santa Monica Hotel is visible in the right foreground while a long stable-style building stands surrounded with people in the distance to the left. Horse-drawn carriages park and drive along the perimeter of a crescent of post-and-rail fence that demarcates a clearing at center behind which people are seated under a gazebo. Some kind of frame, possibly for the wall of a new building, has been erected to the far left. The ocean is visible in the background.