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Tahitian Resort and Tahitian Gardens, Holiday, FL (motel)
JonPez
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Posted: 2011-01-13 09:23 am   Permalink

BigBroTiki: I'll ask him. That appears to be the same as the "cafeteria" in the pic above. I'll post more info on the other thread...
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JonPez
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Posted: 2011-03-30 2:41 pm   Permalink

Well, it looks like some things DID survive.
I was going through some boxes with my father and he pulled out a box of slides containing some old work photos. One set was a portfolio of sorts. There, dated late 1969, were these slides of the resort:


The rendering of the property. Says "Tahitian Motor Lodge" in the inset.


The front of the resort


The view that somewhat matches the iconic postcard


The big boy carved tiki


The pool was the place to be


View of pool with railing details


Rendering of the Tahitian Gardens

I am so happy to have found these! You know I'll be looking for more!
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JonPez
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Posted: 2011-03-30 2:53 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-01-10 15:59, Dustycajun wrote:
JonPez,

So glad you got those photos for your Dad, has he seen them yet?

Here is another location that I have seen a postcard from called the Tahitian Gardens, it was located on Sanibel Island. I always thought that the same architectural firm may have done this one as well given the similarities in design and name. Maybe you can ask your Dad if his firm was involved in this one.





DC



Nope, sorry.
I asked him and he said they never worked on any projests down there...
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-03-30 3:16 pm   Permalink

Yipeee! Bingo! Or, most appropriately, EUREKA!

Congrats to this find, how great. Photos AND renderings! Of course this brings up more questions :

Did the tops of the two main huts really have active torches going at night?

And what did the post holding up the slanted A-frame porte cochere look like?

Does your dad have any memory of Frank Schmudde at work?:



And doesn't anybody here have any old brochures of this gem?


 
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JonPez
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Posted: 2011-04-04 2:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-03-30 15:16, bigbrotiki wrote:
Yipeee! Bingo! Or, most appropriately, EUREKA!

Congrats to this find, how great. Photos AND renderings! Of course this brings up more questions :

And what did the post holding up the slanted A-frame porte cochere look like?




I'll ask him.
As for the post, Here is a cleaned up zoom in from the slide. Hard to tell from the side...



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Swanky
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Posted: 2011-04-05 09:40 am   Permalink

That is very PNG inspired. Perhaps even PNG original, but the carving looks a bit too large in the design for PNG. Those lines would be more compact.

Like this:

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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2011-04-06 05:50 am   Permalink

hey JohnPez, those renderings KICK ASS! thanks for sharing!

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-05-03 7:51 pm   Permalink

Jon Pez,

Great score on finding all of those slides in the family files. I picked up this photo of a rendering that was done for the Tahitian Gardens condominiums. The back is dated 1965.





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-08-29 4:25 pm   Permalink

I picked up another news wire photo from 1965 showing a rendering showing the entire Tahitian Gardens complex.





A few close ups of the restaurant building and the lake area.






The back of the photo had this piece from the article.





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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2011-09-14 11:24 pm   Permalink

This is awesome! Now we can compare DC's artist's-rendering of the proposed complex to this actual 1978 press photo from the St. Petersburg Times, that I recently obtained, showing the still fairly fresh Tahitian Gardens development and all the new housing complexes around it:










Most of the complex is made up of those great square, hut-shaped condominiums, but the motor hotel and other unique buildings appear to be grouped at the upper right-hand end of the division.

These hexagonal buildings from Jonpez's 1969 renderings...


...appear to have been simplified into a straight line of buildings.


And this building...


...I would guess is the cafeteria in JonPez's photo


...surrounded by the groups of the quaint, hut-like condominiums from DustyCajun's 1965 rendering.


Finally, you can see the motor lodge itself...


...which corresponds to these photos





So now we have DC's early artist's renderings from 1965, then JonPez's renderings from 1969, some construction photos from 1970, and then a jump to the final complex in 1978, still looking fairly bare of vegetation, and lots of new housing complexes springing up all around it.

Here's the newspaper text from the back of my 8x10" press photo:

"The continuing growth of West Pasco is illustrated in this aerial photograph taken last week. Pictured is the Tahitian Gardens development in Holiday. In the photo, U.S. 19 is at the upper right, along with First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Tarpon Springs.

Several other new residential developments are planned or are under way as West Pasco's construction-oriented economy continues to flourish. The new homes mean new residents, which in turn leads to more businesses and jobs, which generates more money in circulation" - Aug 25 1978


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JonPez
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Posted: 2013-06-13 1:49 pm   Permalink

I came across a few newspaper clippings that my father held onto. This one shows the announcement for the Motor Lodge opening up in 1969.



And here is a detail (as best as I could get) of the monster Ku that is still there (I believe), painted red and called "The God of War"...




I'll keep digging for more!

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-06-15 04:07 am   Permalink

For comparison, the two shots of that Tiki from the previous pages:




...most likely also sculpted by Frank Schmudde:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=32101&forum=1&start=15

That article answers my earlier question....

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On 2011-03-30 15:16, bigbrotiki wrote:
Did the tops of the two main huts really have active torches going at night?


"...lighted at night by Polynesian fire pots atop the peaked dual roofs"


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A Frame
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Posted: 2013-06-18 10:22 am   Permalink

Found a postcard over the weekend with just a slightly different view of the pool than DC's card.





 
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