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johnnievelour
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: LongBeach
Posted: 2003-01-07 6:04 pm   Permalink

I went golfing with my buddies last weekend and went to a course in Ontario. As soon as I saw the clubhouse with a huge A-frame roof and lava rock wall, I knew I was onto something and began searching for tikis.

I started talking to a bartender there and she told me it used to be the Royal Tahitian (BOT pg 251). She had been working there since the 60's and told me where everyting used to be. The main floor was dining and the basement was the bar. In the front of the building on a large grass aera was the Tahitian Village where the shows were. The golf course, which was called Ontario National, was seperate from the Royal Tahitian and after it closed they made it the club house.

And sad news, the bartender told me they were planning on tearring it down in a few months and building a new club house closer to the street.

the front view from parking lot.


close up view


full view


The gods of hiding airconditioner



These tikis were located in the back, in an enclosed area which I could not sneek or talk my way in to.


Back of the building. A small performance area.


In the parking lot, I was able to see an apartment building which may house tikis. There were no tikis except what was in front.










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PolynesianPop
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2370
From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-01-07 7:38 pm   Permalink

JV,
Did you happen to see the apartment complex next door? There was a thread sometime ago about the Royal Tahitian and the un-named complex that may possibly have some Milan
Guanko tikis out front. I always meant to check it out but have yet to do so. Here was the thread:

http://tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=1767&forum=4

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johnnievelour
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From: LongBeach
Posted: 2003-01-07 11:50 pm   Permalink

The last 3 pictures are from an apartment building across the street. It was the only complex I saw in the area. There were no other tikis other than what are in the entry way.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11604
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2003-01-08 12:02 am   Permalink

Arrrgh! GONE....all gone...mumble mumble....the....Milan G....goooone! Master told me be nice, hehehe....but....hmmm...too late.....

SIGH! Right there were you're looking at that building entrance stood four fine TALL Milan Guankos, each different (even one FEMALE).
Ask the manager what happened to them. I have them on film at least...

And that cool slanted A-frame! Soon just another ghost in the pages of the BOOK OF THE DEAD...TIKIS!


 
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SugarCaddyDaddy
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Joined: Jun 03, 2002
Posts: 1500
From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2003-01-08 10:06 am   Permalink

JohnnieVelour~

You have a couple of months. If at all possible, try to "get in good" with the person in charge of ok'ing the demolition/remodeling. You probably can't change their minds about tearing the place down, but see if you can at least get those tiki profiles in that area where you couldn't talk your way into.

Let me tell you my little story:
This Googie-type art was on the fence of a school facing a street literally 1/2 mile from my house. It's even on the SpaceAgeCity.com site. The school is doing a renovation of their property, and when I passed by, this art you see was just scattered all over the ground covered by dirt. I asked the workers (through a closed chain-link fence) if I could get "the wood" that was on the ground. They said no (liability reasons), and they couldn't even hand it to me over the fence. I tried speaking with the supervisor and he said that it's school property.....(yeah right! On the ground covered with dirt!). So I call the school district, I get transfered a dozen times, left many voicemails for just about everyone in the city, and get put on eternal hold by the city's reception desk. I finally get an answer of "just ask the construction people to give it to you". Of course, they can't give it to me in writing, and upon my return to the (now leveled) site the next day, the whole area is flattened and all pieces of the building are gone. I asked where 'the pieces' were and no one knew. Hopefully someone else had better luck than me in saving them....or maybe not.


The Art Work

This was an attempt by me at the last minute. I had no idea construction was going on. YOU have a couple of months.

TRY TO SAVE THOSE TIKIS!

Maybe the Tiki Gods will be on your side.

Sorry for the long read.

SugarCaddyDaddy
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ErichTroudt
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2003-01-08 8:57 pm   Permalink

I went over to the "Royal Tahitian today. Its really sad. The building looks like it is ready to fall down in some spots. The wind earlier this week destroyed their fence, knocked over some trees, and the majority of the A frame roof shingles were laying in the yard.

It was so sad to see. You can invision how cool this place once was.

Erich Troudt


 
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bongofury
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2004-04-16 11:21 am   Permalink




 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-03-24 06:21 am   Permalink

Wow!!

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-03-24 07:20 am   Permalink

Wow what, B.B.? All I see is a bunch of question marks. That's where books work better than virtual space, their imagery does not go "Poof!". If I had unlimited financial resources, and thus unlimited time, I would gladly post all I have in my archives of this place (and the apartments across the street). And it sure would help to know that these posted images would not just be fleeting "moments lost in time, like tears in the rain" on a replicant's memory chip.

 
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Kahu
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Joined: Jan 03, 2007
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Posted: 2008-03-24 08:36 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-03-24 07:20, bigbrotiki wrote:
That's where books work better than virtual space, their imagery does not go "Poof!". If I had unlimited financial resources, and thus unlimited time, I would gladly post all I have in my archives of this place (and the apartments across the street). And it sure would help to know that these posted images would not just be fleeting "moments lost in time, like tears in the rain" on a replicant's memory chip.



Very poignant. Very true sadly. And I am sure we all wish you (bigbrotiki) could create museum virtually that we could visit and learn and appreciate from for eons to come.


 
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Kahu
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Posted: 2008-03-24 08:37 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-03-24 07:20, bigbrotiki wrote:
That's where books work better than virtual space, their imagery does not go "Poof!". If I had unlimited financial resources, and thus unlimited time, I would gladly post all I have in my archives of this place (and the apartments across the street). And it sure would help to know that these posted images would not just be fleeting "moments lost in time, like tears in the rain" on a replicant's memory chip.



Very poignant. Very true sadly. And I am sure we all wish you (bigbrotiki) could create museum virtually that we could visit and learn and appreciate from for eons to come.


 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-03-24 08:55 am   Permalink

The Tiki's are there but you need to know how to find them.

Isn't that written on your Bumper Sticker Sven?





When the links get fixed none of this is going to make sense.





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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2008-03-24 09:12 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-03-24 07:20, bigbrotiki wrote:
If I had unlimited financial resources, and thus unlimited time, I would gladly post all I have in my archives of this place (and the apartments across the street).


I've got 10 bucks right here with your name on it. How many images will that buy us?


 
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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2008-03-24 09:24 am   Permalink

I picked up a Royal Tahitian matchbook on Friday at an antique store. When I got home and did a search on it, I was really disappointed to see that this thread was another victim of the Great Shutterfly Massacre of 2006. I guess I should be used it by now though.


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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-03-24 10:08 am   Permalink

O.K guys, thanks for the interest. I put this on my list of "Subjects to scan and post on T.C." (it is in place 6 right now). Let's make this the R.T. memorial post. Start with the LP, the matchbook, and the postcard, I will ad my photos soon.

It always intrigued me that the two places, which were practically across the street from each other, made use of the same modernist Moai cut out concept (above the Royal Tahitian, below that the unnamed apartments), yet these looked different enough to not be by the same person, just like the two buildings looked like they were done by different architects, and the Tikis were supplied by different carvers, Charley Rosencrans the R.T., and Milan Guanko the Apts.

P.S.: The R.T.'s modernist Moai beams (on the golf course side of the building) can already be glimpsed in TIKI MODERN on page 107, in the Tiki post collage, bottom row in the middle, with those red Asian font restroom signs.

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