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icebaer69
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Posted: 2010-04-01 05:57 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-12-20 19:34, Roadsidepictures wrote:
Here I am (eight months later)!
My Uncle Darrell and Uncle Don both worked on the buildings at Lake Loreen ...


i had hoped he would write some more background-infos etc


 
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SDJoe
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Posted: 2010-05-07 1:57 pm   Permalink

Greetings all,
While doing some research I discovered this site and I thought you folks would be interested in these pics. We obtained some artist renderings from the grandson of someone that was involved in the development of Newberry Springs.

Great site and I learned a lot. Hope you enjoy the photos I took! I'm sure the area does not look like this now

J










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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-05-07 2:44 pm   Permalink

Wow, what a great find! SD Joe, if you have read the previous pages, you can see that I am very interested in this place.
As an author of two books on American Tiki culture it just seems like such a great example of wanting to bring a Polynesian paradise to America -even if it was in THE DESERT!

Please send me a personal message with your contact info, I really would love to obtain high res images of the renderings, either by me photographing them, or you sending them to me. I am always working on the next project/book on Tiki style, and would love to use these in one of my upcoming works. And I love maps and renderings! And the whole failed desert resort scene, like the Salton Sea...

Here are my books to show you that I am not just a crazy guy (well I am, but not THAT crazy):

http://www.amazon.com/Book-Tiki-Midsize-Sven-Kirsten/dp/382282433X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273268321&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Tiki-Modern-Sven-Kirsten/dp/3822847178/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273268321&sr=8-2


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TikiG
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Posted: 2010-05-07 2:58 pm   Permalink

Beautiful renderings SDJoe, Thanks for posting.

Ha! Bigbro - I bet you fell over backwards, off of your chair, as these were posted.

Not everyday we see something like this surface. Great to see you're on top of it. G


 
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SDJoe
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Posted: 2010-05-07 4:05 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the comments! I'm pleased that the pics were appreciated! Every now and then something cool turns up!

J


 
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Vince Martini
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Posted: 2010-05-07 9:04 pm   Permalink

MORE! This thread has been so interesting!!!

 
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Roadsidepictures
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Posted: 2010-05-09 10:45 pm   Permalink

Uncle Don said they did not work on the volcano house, only the buildings at Lake Loreen. He and Darrell worked the whole summer until the project was completed. Once the place was finished they never went back. He may have a couple more photos of the place. I'll scan them and post them here.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-05-11 12:24 pm   Permalink

That would be great, Roadsidepictures, thank you! Is there any chance you could scan them and the earlier ones in higher resolution, like 2-3 MB, I am planning to do a Lake Loreen segment in one of my next books (see above), and would love to use some of them for that. Please check your personal messages.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-06-20 3:30 pm   Permalink

I am always hoping for something like this: Coming upon one little mosaic piece of Tiki's glorious past (like the Tiki Bird plane here) and stirring up interest and attention so that other elements surface, and help to eventually uncover a forgotten story from Tiki's glorious heyday. I could smell that there was a great story here:

Together with others here, including Bosko, I am fascinated by the failed dream development of the Salton Sea, where hopes for a glamourous Lake resort like Palm Springs got dashed by the water turning brackish and smelly:







Now, was it possible that there was a POLYNESIAN version of the Salton Sea out there !? Sort of "The Tikis" in the sand dunes?
An exciting prospect, but to temper everybody's excitement, it did not turn out that way. What I did find though was that there was not one, but MANY Polynesian paradises of the mind. The renderings that Joe posted above are two of SIX proposed Polynesian style desert developments envisioned by Gus Raigosa in the late 1960s !

Knowing that I had no money and no space to adequately display these amazing Desert Polynesia renderings that Joe and Eileen had discovered at a yard sale in San Diego, I was racking my brains over WHO in the Tiki community could afford these, before the rightful owners would sell them at their regular booth at the Rose Bowl, which is their business. I knew of a handful of folks who probably would have taken some, but likely would have picked the best and left the rest... but I wanted them to stay together.

Luckily, I thought of the right person, someone who has her own little Desert Polynesia, and is acutely interested in the Newberry Springs area and history, as can be witnessed in this thread: Queen Kamehameha/ Amy

So I contacted her and she was all into it, and I brokered a deal between her and the sellers. My pay-off was that I got to photograph these amazing time documents of America's Polynesian dream period. I drove down to San Diego to pick them up and brought them to my house. Two weeks later at Tiki Caliente I delivered them to the happy new owner.

Watch for the next post, the first of many: Lake Aloha !


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2010-06-20 4:29 pm   Permalink

A little off topic but I have a story about the golden age of the Salton Sea. About 20 years ago I was driving from the Salton Sea to Borrego Springs, a small high desert community about 30 miles west of the sea. I came across an abandoned casino out in the middle of the desert. I knew that there had been some development in the area in the 50s but this was remarkably well preserved. I parked in the paved parking lot and went to check it out. The door was opened so I went inside. The lobby was empty of furnishings but was in great shape except for no ceiling, it all looked very mid-century. I open the door at the back of the lobby to do more exploring and there was nothing but desert! Moreover, the back was unfinished and there were plastic paint buckets out there.

Now I was really curious. What I thought was a stone wall was really a rubber panel and the dead grass in front was rolled out sod, neither of which are very mid-century. Turned out it was the set for the movie Bugsy starring Warren Beaty

It was built on BLM land with the understanding that the area would be returned to it's former state. I drove by there monthly on business for several months. They torn down the building, ripped out the parking lot and foundation, and replanted desert vegetation. At the end of 6 months, you couldn't tell where the casino had been.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-06-20 5:17 pm   Permalink

Perhaps not so much off topic as one might think. I believe it wasn't a coincidence that Don The Beachcomber started in Hollywood: On one hand, a Tiki lounge interior was not so different from a South Seas movie film set, and on the other, the notion that "everything is possible" and to "follow your dream" was certainly nurtured by the film industry. Plus many film architects and art directors lent their talents to LA theme architecture.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-06-21 1:11 pm   Permalink

Welcome to LAKE ALOHA !



Great corner art, and intricate tropical flora frame work



This rendering was the only one with its complete frame and plastic overlay intact. Because of the descriptions on the plastic sheet we now can tie in the plane to its own Fly-In Tiki Bird Lounge (!) ....housed in an A-frame of course:



(and also as a Sail-In on the other side like at the Bali Hai or Christian's Hut)



Now that these desert islands were conceived as Fly-In communities makes perfect sense when we consider that Gus and Loreen Raigosa worked for Douglas Aircraft in Downey. The mid-century Sci Fi vision of everyone eventually owning their own flying machine was still very much alive in the late 60s. And a precedent for this concept existed in Palm Springs, with the Desert Air Hotel:



This 1950s Hotel also staged large Luaus in its Luau Hut, sort of Fly -In Luaus (see a whole chapter on this place in Pete Moruzzi's book Palm Springs Holiday)

If we look at other details of Lake Aloha, like the "Escape Islands"...



...we can see another source of inspiration:



The Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, a self-contained Polynesian triangle! Also, yet another Polynesia Americana might have inspired the Raigosas:



Considering the fact that Danny Balsz stated that at The Tikis they would bus in 1000s of employees from the airplane plants in South Los Angeles every weekend, I would not be surprised if Gus and Loreen had been among them.

Coming up ext: LAKE TAHITI



 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2010-06-21 1:32 pm   Permalink

The fly-in community concept is not completely dead: John Travolta lives in Jumbolair of Ocala FL. He moved there from another fly-in community in Daytona because they complained his Boeing 707 was too big and too loud

 
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2010-09-20 6:43 pm   Permalink

Bump I need to move this up front so i can find it.

 
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2010-10-29 9:00 pm   Permalink

bump agaim for reference

 
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