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The Polynesian in Canoga Park, Canoga Park, CA (apartments)
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-04-17 7:12 pm   Permalink

ON Variel...South of ROSCOE...hmmm. I think you better travel the whole length of Variel, hiltiki, starting from ABOVE Roscoe, going South til you hit the L.A. river.
If that doesn't do it, we all meet and observe Chongolio retracing his movements!


 
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procinema29
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Posted: 2007-04-17 8:26 pm   Permalink

I know this will probably sound downbeat to the urban archaeologists, so if you want to read ahead, just think of the following paragraph as some kind of fantasy poetry.

I find it is sometimes creepy to go to these places where things "used to be a certain way"... I'll go to a place and just find that the vibe is all wrong...everything is made out of plastic, nothing feels or looks like wood, things are modern rather than modernist, there's bars on all the windows, fluorescent tubes light everything, and folks stare at ya.
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-04-17 10:05 pm   Permalink

From "TIKI MODERN", Chapter 7, Beginning quote:


7) THE TIKI AND ITS TEMPLES

“In the midst of desolation and ruin we looked back to the past, cleared away the gloomy forest, and fancied every building perfect, with its terraces and pyramids, its sculptured and painted ornaments, grand, lofty, and imposing”

John L. Stephens, “Incidents of Travel in Central America”, 1841


 
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NautiTiki
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From: Conejo (Rabbit) Valley, CA
Posted: 2007-04-20 6:40 pm   Permalink

The Polynesian
Address: 7314 Variel (South of Saticoy and one block north of Sherman Way)



I had a chance to cruise the length of Variel today, the building is on the east side of the street and appears to be a bit weather worn. Didn't have a chance to do much more than drive by. But it is still there.


 
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NautiTiki
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Posted: 2007-04-20 6:50 pm   Permalink

Also had a chance to check out the Tiki Apartments that Vintagegirl illustrated on the post card.

Address: 7260 DeSoto Ave, Canoga Park, CA (East Side of Street)
Between Sherman Way and Valerio, almost the same place as the Polynesian, but one street further east.

The facade has been changed quite a bit, but you can still see the original structure. With a closer look you can still see some of the orignial beam work, I am sure that it originally had a Polynesian look to it.



It would be interesting if we could find an original photograph.


 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2007-04-20 7:04 pm   Permalink

NautiTiki,

You are my Hero of the week!

Nice Work and Nice Pictures!
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2007-04-20 7:23 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-04-20 18:40, NautiTiki wrote:
The Polynesian
Address: 7314 Variel (South of Saticoy and one block north of Sherman Way)



Oh thank goodness! I was starting to question my sanity. So sorry to everybody who tried to find this place using my half assed rum soaked directions. Nautiki you earned a gumdrop... make it two!

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-04-20 8:42 pm   Permalink

Yessssssss! Fan-tastic! So I just didn't go far enough South, missed it by one or two blocks. I am so thrilled that there is still undiscovered stuff out there. Once the weather is clear I will be so there. Great work, thank you!

 
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NautiTiki
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Posted: 2007-04-20 10:08 pm   Permalink

Happy to help!

Cheers


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-04-24 11:07 pm   Permalink

Aaaah, it was a gorgeous day for urban archeology today, and so I went into the deep valley to find the mythical site of the POLYNESIA APARTMENTS. Because of the recent fieldwork of previous TC archaeologists, the gods smiled on me today, and here are the results:

Once the first building on the block, it must have been a grandiose sight in its heyday (could not find out date of inception). The friendly manager told me the same old story of the Poly pop generation gap: After the original owners died, the children were disinterested in the building and gradually all features like tropical plantings and the waterfall were taken out. I do not know if there ever were any Tikis. There is a small swimming pool, and two sawed off poles in the courtyard, but no sight of any other Poly pop decor. I wish I would have found this place when I began my expeditions in the early 90s, the owners were still living on the premises then.

It nevertheless is a real find, here are the photos:


The name is great, the barbed wire and security gate are a symbol of Paradise Lost


My colleague Naomi Alper suggested that there might have been an A-frame above the entrance on the right side of the building (off frame)


The mural's signature


The most impressive and unique feature is the enormous size of the Tami Mask mural!

Here is why I feel so certain that the book "Arts of the South Seas" is the source for all the mid-century reproductions of this mask:

The book's photo was in stark B&W, and all subsequent reproductions of the mask I have found have been in Black and White, or monochrome, or it's color scheme has been misrepresented:


A Spanish mug from my Kon-Id edition


...while in this contemporary postcard from the mask's home the true color scheme is revealed.

Thanks to everyone for their efforts, another Tiki temple has been recorded for posterity.


 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2007-04-29 2:53 pm   Permalink

Browsing thru Issue #15, pg. 7 of Tiki News, I found a photo of that Tami Island mask. It seems (according to the text) that The Jasmine Tree in Portland may have had one. I wonder if Robert scored it when buying artifacts for his new Thatch? If not,.....?

 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2007-04-29 3:00 pm   Permalink


Here's a picture I took of that mask at the Jasmine Tree in 2003. It hung on the outside of the building.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-04-30 10:39 am   Permalink

Aaaah, very good! Now THIS one's color scheme seems very close to the original. Iwonder if and what 50s Oceanic Art book might have had this mask in color in it (...assuming it also came from the Portland Kon Tiki, which opened in 1959)

Does anyone have a full shot of the exterior, which also shows the mask? I went to see the Jasmine Tree when I photographed the Alibi years ago, but found the exterior architecturally uninteresting...funny how perceptions change, now that it's gone, and original Tiki Bars are becoming rarer and rarer, I wish I had a record of it. I'm just such a damn Tiki snob!


 
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CheekyGirl
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Posted: 2008-06-16 10:03 pm   Permalink

Hiltiki and I revisited the Polynesia today. We were able to get in and do a little bit of exploration, but not too much as I was blocking the entrance to the adjacent apt.

Here's a shot of the interior. We couldn't find any tiki remnants.



We also thought the round heavy beams on the north side of the building were interesting.




 
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Tiki Shaker
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From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2008-06-30 3:15 pm   Permalink

You can also get a decent view/perspective by typing it into google maps and looking at the street view. You just have to push "north" a few times then turn. The picture shows the entire building. I love that google feature. And when you look down on it from the satellite view, it gives a good perspective of how many palm trees there are. It's awesome to get that perspective too... something that would have been unthinkable or extremely hard to come by just a few years ago.

Maybe someone needs to come out with a website that just has google street views and google satellite images of tiki locations?


 
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