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Seal Beach A-Frame apartment - formerly tiki ?
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Joined: May 18, 2004
Posts: 2722
From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2009-05-18 10:12 pm   Permalink

Only problem....No Pets

I was early for a DTB meeting and decided to drive around Seal beach, and just stumbled on it.

Looking at it, I thought, "how could it NOT have been a Tiki apartment ?"

Glad I was right.

Funny, I'm pretty sure it was that night at Don's that I met Peter Cates...He came over to our table and just started talking to us.

That's awesome that he is RE-Tikifying places like this. It Really is cool inside...I stopped by there yesterday and walked through. That lamp definitely jumped out at me, as well as the BIG ASS Doug Horne masks.

So, can we dub this "Tiki Re-Evolution" ?

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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9219
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2009-05-19 10:24 am   Permalink

I had seen this a few weeks back also.
I was driving to Busters, and saw the tiki's on the outside of the Building.
SCREEEEEEEEECHHH!!!! I pulled over and was like holly cow, look at this place.
How come I never noticed it before?
Then I realized it all looked very new, except for the Building and rocks.
Dummy me, I don't ever have a camera with me.

the following monday I met/saw Peter and A Frame at Dons and he said he had done the remodel and had plans to do more.

"Where Good Rum is Immortalized, and Drinking is an Art"
"And, When that old "Demon Rum" slips past the lips it still works its ancient,cheerful magic" (Don the Beachcomber)

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-05-19 11:08 am   Permalink

The use of the LAVA ROCK WALL piercing the A-frame on the left, and supporting it on the right....

...reminds me of this great motel I pictured in Tiki Modern:

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Swamp Fire
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Joined: Jul 31, 2003
Posts: 1203
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2009-05-19 5:29 pm   Permalink

Yes, and Peter drives a bitch'n limo.


The Art of Doug Horne

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Rum Dog
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Joined: Dec 07, 2010
Posts: 318
From: Canyon Hills, CA
Posted: 2017-09-06 6:19 pm   Permalink

Article about the apartment.

(Cut & paste article in case link goes bad in future.)

September 6th in Seal Beach History
Posted on September 6, 2017 by Michael Dobkins
On this date in 1964, the Marina Lanai Apartments ran this ad in the Long Beach Independent.

The apartment building was constructed in 1962 and had its open house launch on December 2nd, 1962. The new apartments were modern and up-to-date with Medallion all-electric kitchens, all the latest appliances, sound proofing, a built-in vacuum, and FM background music systems. The inner courtyard had an oversized swimming pool and recreation facilities. Another selling point 1962 was the proximity to the relatively new Long Beach Marina, which was opened in 1957 (and motivated the changing the name of this section of Bolsa Avenue to Marina Drive.)

The main attraction of the building for kids in the neighborhood was two tall Tiki totems and Tiki torches with gas jet flames stationed on either side of the steps to the main entrance. That and playing hide-and-go-seek in the ungated subterranean garage.

The Tiki totems and torches are gone, but the Marina Lanai apartments are still there at 350 Marina Drive (They call it Marina Palms). And, if you examine the front facade of today’s building, you’ll find a few subtle nods to the building’s exotic Tiki decor of yesteryear.

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