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The Outrigger (Trader Vic's), Seattle, WA (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-03-26 10:22 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-03-26 22:16, tikicoma wrote:
Dusty! This brought up some interesting info. Victor N. Jones was, indeed an architect in Seattle and had a firm there from 1942-55. Before that he had been in a Seattle firm that won national recognition for main street store front remodels. He had been an architect since 1926 (UW grad.). Became local AIA president then retired to Maui in 1959.
In 1945 Jones & associates hired Lloyd Lovegren as associate architect for their Boise office (1945-50). Lovegren had been head drafting room architect for the Pacific Naval Air Force Bases in Pearl Harbor (1940-42). In 1951 he left to form a firm that received critical acclaim designing for Trader Vic. Lovegren designed several restaurants for Bergeron including Denver (1954),



Chicago (1957) and Havana (1958).

Also of interest to Poly-popsters would be the Dynasty Restaurant in the Ilikai Hotel Honolulu (1968).

aloha, tikicoma



Wow, great research Tikicoma! Always nice to find out about the architects who made the Tiki magic happen. I am assuming that photo was from Denver?

DC

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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2013-03-26 10:46 pm   Permalink

Yep, Denver 1954. Matched the wall, lamp, chairs and hanging starfish/shells in fishnet from the Denver Outrigger thread postcard and photos.



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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2013-12-02 11:44 pm   Permalink

In the early 1960's in Seattle, if you were fortunate enough, you could go downtown to Trader Vic's for fine cocktails and exotic meal of...


SPAGHETTI?


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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-04-28 4:23 pm   Permalink

Tikicoma,

Great pics of the Seattle Trader Vic's.

I picked up this old postcard showing the exterior of the Benjamin Franklin Hotel with the Outrigger sign.




Close up of the sign.



You can see the Outrigger entrance on the street.




Here is a comparison to the Trader Vic's version of the sign.



DC


 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2014-04-29 10:15 pm   Permalink

Dusty, that postcard is great! I lost the bid on on a B&W card last week that predated this card by a bit. The expansion hadn't occurred yet and the right side of the Outrigger looks like it was a parking lot. Hopefully someone here won it and will post it soon! I did save the listing picture but it's not great.

Here's the figurehead, it's now at MOHAI (museum of history and industry in Seattle)



aloha, tikicoma

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2014-04-30 08:48 am   Permalink

You guys are doing a great job, complementing each other! And with tikicoma being so active in Seattle Tiki research, I cannot stay mum and decided to leave writing sequestration for 10 minutes to pull these out of my archive. Both are dated 1954, no other info given on back:


The planning of the addition



The building of the addition



I believe they wouldn't use this kind of humor nowadays

PS: These pics are complemented by the B&W photos on pages 86 and 87 in the BOT





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-04-30 5:48 pm   Permalink

Great stuff Bigbro! Thanks for pulling yourself out of the writing maze to post those photos.

I never realized that the Outrigger started as just a bar and then built the restaurant in the space between the two buildings. Here is the postcard that I got on ebay that Tikicoma referred to.



It shows the early hotel building with just the Outrigger bar and no restaurant. Will post better scans when I get the card.

Sounds like the restaurant was built in 1954 and my news photo of the opening of the Outrigger bar was from 1949.


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TorchGuy
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From: Renton, WA
Posted: 2014-05-13 05:22 am   Permalink

I feel sad, looking at these. Closed in 1991, when I was twelve. I never had a chance. And now, as far as I know, no bar in Seattle features tiki drinks. (Zig Zag Cafe happily makes, and even invents, them for me, but not in mugs!)

 
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