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Tiki Architecture: California (page 1)

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Sam's Seafood (now Don the Beachcomber)
Huntington Beach, CA

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Sam's Seafood was established in 1927. It was either remodeled or rebult in 1960. The restaurant closed in 2006 but reopened in 2007. In 2008, it became the Kona restaurant. The building has housed Don the Beachcomber since 2009. There was about 16 Don the Beachcomber restaurants that operated between 1933 and 1989. The restaurant chain was revived with the opening of this restaurant. It continues to feature Hawaiian décor and floor shows. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [2007 photos above thanks R.B. Reed] [map]

Royal Hawaiian Apartments
Huntington Beach, CA

The Royal Hawaiian Apartments were built in 1964. For more, see this website. [map]

Bali Hai
San Diego, CA

The Bali Hai restaurant opened in 1953 as "The Hut." It was part of a small local chain that started with "Christian's Hut" in Newport Beach, CA. In 1955, the new owner changed the name to "Bali Hai." The restaurant's round building offers views of the waterfront and is topped with a man's head known as "The Goof". The sculpture's right eye is lit with a red bulb at night. The tiki head near the entrance is known as "Mr. Bali Hai." For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. [map]

Trader Mort's Liquor
San Diego, CA

Trader Mort's Liquor store was built around 1966. The building was designed by Ronald K. Davis. The tiki was originally displayed in Huntington Beach, CA at the Island Trade Store. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Stan Miller Yachts
San Diego, CA

The Stan Miller Yachts building was built from 1963-1965. It was designed by Robert Platt. This photo is from 2014. The building now houses Marine Max Yacht Center. [map]

50 North Yachts
San Diego, CA

The 50 North Yachts building was designed by Robert Platt and built in 1960. The building originally housed Gold Coast Anchorage, Yacht Brokerage and Naval Architects. [map]

Crow's Nest Yacht Sales
San Diego, CA

The Crow's Nest Yacht Sales building was designed by Robert Platt and built in 1957. The building originally housed Chris Craft Boat Sales. [map]

Hallmark Yacht Brokers
San Diego, CA

The Hallmark Yacht Brokers building was designed by Robert Platt and built around 1957. [map]

former Shelter Island Inn
San Diego, CA
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The Shelter Island Inn was built in 1960. It was designed by Richard George Wheeler & Associates. The building now houses the Best Western Island Palms Hotel. By 2016, the thatched roof had been replaced and the projecting beam had been shortened. For more, see this website. [map]

Half Moon Inn
San Diego, CA

The Half Moon Inn, now Humphrey's Half Moon Inn, was built in 1959 and opened in 1961. It was designed by Hiram Hudson Benedict & Associates. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Humphrey's Restaurant
San Diego, CA

The Humphrey's Restaurant was designed by Armet & Davis with with Glenn W. Lundberg in 1965. Although the building was designed for the Tahiti restaurant, it actually opened as L'Escale. [map]

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Point Loma Villas
San Diego, CA
Freaky Boutiki
San Diego, CA

The Point Loma Villas were built in 1965 as the Halemaki Apartments. There used to be a lot more color and details. The units are now condos. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Freaky Boutiki opened in 1999. The store sells tiki related items such as mugs, shirts, tropical art and carvings, and nautical gifts. In 2006, the store was remodeled and this "largest tiki in San Diego" was built on the side of the building. The neon tiki in the front window also appears to be modern. [map]

Ala Moana Apartments
Costa Mesa, CA

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The Ala Moana Apartments was built in the early 1960s. The A-frame entrance was altered sometime between 2008 and 2013. It is not as deep now. [map]

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Islander Apartments
Santa Ana, CA

The Islander Apartments were built in 1962. For more, see this website. [map]

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