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The Polynesian in Canoga Park, Canoga Park, CA (apartments)
Chongolio
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From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2006-12-19 09:43 am   Permalink

Name:The Polynesian in Canoga Park
Type:apartments
Street:Variel and Saticoy (ish)
City:Canoga Park
State:CA
Zip:91304
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
When I was down in the L.A area going to my ol buddy's party in the San Fernando Valley. I drove past this apartment complex which was right down the street in the vicinity of Variel and Saticoy. I grew up near this place yet don't recall ever seeing this aptment complex before. Unfortunately, I was not driving and could not take the time to scout around and take more pictures. I did talk my pal who was drivin' into pullin' over so I could get a shot of the giant mask on the side of the building. This place might be ripe for further exploration.




 
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DrMiguelito
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-12-19 10:45 am   Permalink

Nice.

I grew up in that area (near Roscoe and Winnetka). There are -- or were -- quite a few Polynesian-style apartment buildings in the West Valley. Sadly, as is the case everywhere, too many of them have been remodeled beyond all recognition over the years, and the Northridge earthquake in 1994 took out a lot of others. Still, if you look closely you'll find some that have survived reasonably intact.

I'm heading up there this weekend to spend Christmas with my parents. If I have time I'll grab the camera and go tiki hunting.



 
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vintagegirl
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Posted: 2006-12-19 7:24 pm   Permalink

I grew up just a few doors down from a Tiki apartment building in Canoga Park on DeSoto Ave, just north of Sherman Way on the east side of the street. In the 70s, I remember it having a lot of plants and foliage around, very tropical looking with an A-frame and I'm sure the rest was pretty Polynesian too. But I think it has been severely (and horribly) remodeled, especially after the earthquake.

Just south of that building were 2 small pre-war houses (there used to be tons in the neighborhood), but even my old house (right behind the mini-mall on the northeast corner) is now gone.

This pic is from 1961. Also note the DeSoto Motel and Steakhouse in the lower right, Bruno's Pizza at the right end of the mini-mall just above that (it's still there!) This is before they widened that part of DeSoto Ave.


 
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DrMiguelito
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Posted: 2006-12-20 12:02 am   Permalink

Also, the Book of Tiki (p. 51) shows a matchbook from a "Club Tiki" on Roscoe and DeSoto. Anyone heard of this place? It's not there anymore, I'm sure of that.



 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-04-14 1:52 pm   Permalink

Help! Urban archaeologist alert !!!:
Quote:

On 2006-12-19 09:43, Chongolio wrote:
When I was down in the L.A area going to my ol buddy's party in the San Fernando Valley. I drove past this apartment complex which was right down the street in the vicinity of Variel and Saticoy.



Has anyone been there since and found it ? I procrastinated, but when I found myself in the area yesterday, I finally went to photograph it--but searching on, and several blocks around Saticoy and Variel yielded NO result! I hope it has not been torn down/remodeled! I really wanted to use it for my Tiki Shirt book, since that Tami mask ( taken from the classic "Art of The South Seas" book, BOT p.247)





was used repeatedly throughout Polynesian pop,



...and at the last Hukilau I photographed a gentleman wearing THIS fine shirt:



What a great tie-in! I called information and there is no "Polynesian Apartments" listed in Canoga Park. It would be a bummer if I missed it by mere months!!! Damn...

Local Tiki Agents, Heeelp!

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hiltiki
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Posted: 2007-04-14 9:05 pm   Permalink

Sven, I think I have seen this apartment few years ago, can't remember where. I will check this address for you on the way to work on Monday.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-04-15 11:32 am   Permalink

Thanks! The problem is that there IS no address, it is not AT Saticoy and Variel, but in the "vicinity", nor anywhere on Saticoy between DeSoto and Topanga, or on Variel North or South of Saticoy. And there are no "The Polynesian Apts" listed in Canoga Park. So we need a street number...or spend more time cruising Saticoy East of De Soto...I had to pick up my son and had to give up...well, it was Friday the 13th...and Friday afternoon traffic.

Any help is appreciated. Mahalo, Sven


 
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procinema29
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Posted: 2007-04-16 08:54 am   Permalink

Eeeyipe! I had a little apartment in that area at one time!

 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2007-04-16 5:26 pm   Permalink

Well I spend a long time driving around from Sherman Way and Owensmouth all the way to Roscoe and down to Mason and back up Sherman way. Up and down Saticoy. So far no luck at all. I know I have seen this building but just can't remember where. I did find the building in the picture that Vintagegirl has. The address is 7260 De Soto, I went inside the gate and looked around no tiki anything. There is a small pool inside but not much else. The outside is an A frame building, has lava rocks on the facade. there are some old palm trees around the building.
I will look around again another day when I have more time.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-04-17 06:02 am   Permalink

Thanks. For the Polynesian dwelling archaeologist, tall palm trees are usually a good indicator that can be seen from a distance. I will send Chongolio a p.m. to ask him to rattle his memory, but he does not seem to be a frequent visitor here anymore. Damn, I sure hope it did not get demolished!

 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2007-04-17 12:02 pm   Permalink

I have been meaning to jump back into this post but have just been way to busy to reply. Here is what I remember from when I first saw the building. It was on Variel and I am pretty sure it was west of Saticoy. It definitely was not east of Roscoe. I was going to swing by and get more pics on my way home from The Tiki Farm Sale but was I was beat and didn't want to cut across the Valley during quittin' time. I will be back down in L.A. in a few weeks and I can swing by the area and gather more info. In the meantime, I will send my buddy a message and ask him if he can cruise by there and get the address and see if it is still there. I tried to spot it on Google Earth but I couldn't spot it.

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Chongolio
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Posted: 2007-04-17 12:02 pm   Permalink

Dang double post!

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-04-17 2:01 pm   Permalink

A big THANKS! But doesn't Variel go North/South? And I went a few blocks each way from the Saticoy, and except on the corners to Saticoy, Variel (being a side street) has only suburban bungalows on it, at least as far as I went.

 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2007-04-17 5:15 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-04-17 14:01, bigbrotiki wrote:
A big THANKS! But doesn't Variel go North/South? And I went a few blocks each way from the Saticoy, and except on the corners to Saticoy, Variel (being a side street) has only suburban bungalows on it, at least as far as I went.



Shootz my bad! To this day I always get directions messed up. My brain is stuck on the notion that the ocean is always west no matter where you are. Yes, Variel does run North and South so the apartments would of been south of Roscoe. I am pretty sure the Apartments were not south of Sherman Way. As you get closer to Sherman Way going South from Roscoe on Variel you will pass houses and start to see apartments and liquor stores. If they are still there you must have been really close. My apologizes for being such a rookie. Urban archeology was never one of my better subjects in school.
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2007-04-17 6:52 pm   Permalink

Well today I was there again all over the place . Pretty much saw every apartment on Saticoy and Roscoe East of Topanga Canyon and West of Mason. Same goes for Roscoe. It is hard to really focus and look since the traffic is so fast and annoying, and the trees cover the apartment. Nothing on the corner of Saticoy and Variel for sure. I will try again later.

 
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