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Tiki Central Forums Locating Tiki Casa Bahama, Wildwood Crest, NJ (motel)
Casa Bahama, Wildwood Crest, NJ (motel)
Mo-Eye
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Joined: May 17, 2006
Posts: 646
From: Taboo Island, USA
Posted: 2009-11-08 4:51 pm   Permalink

Name:Casa Bahama
Type:motel
Street:7301 Atlantic Avenue
City:Wildwood Crest
State:NJ
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:




 
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Mo-Eye
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Joined: May 17, 2006
Posts: 646
From: Taboo Island, USA
Posted: 2009-11-08 5:11 pm   Permalink

Despite its Caribbean sounding name, the Casa Bahama Motel was actually Polynesian in design. It was built in 1959 and is known as the first motel in the Wildwood area to adopt Polynesian / Tiki design. It had false A-frames cover the facade and the famous fake palm trees. It was torn down in 2005.

Here's a nice view of the motel and pool from the 1960s



And another 1960s night shot showing the great neon sign alight



This is a postcard, also from the 60s



These are some later images of the building itself




Here is a close up of some tikis that were added on later


and some palm tree accents also added later to the doors


Casa Bahama was famous for its space age sign, which lost its neon quite a while ago




This 1996 image shows a much more subdued color combo on the building and sign


I also found a Richie Fahey photo that was taken in a Casa Bahama Room



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Tiki Shaker
  

Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 773
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2009-11-08 5:25 pm   Permalink

It's interesting to see the a-frames repeat like that. It takes on kind of a space-age zig-zag kinda look.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-11-08 7:29 pm   Permalink

Kinda like this apartment building that DC led me to in Santa Barbara:



I read somewhere that ALL A-frames, even single ones, are space age influenced



 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5112
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-11-08 7:43 pm   Permalink

Trader Nick's in Pismo Beach had a repeating A-Frame.



This pic was posted by Unga Bunga.

DC


 
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Tiki Shaker
  

Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 773
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2009-11-08 9:36 pm   Permalink

Yes, yes, yes.... I seem to have read that too somewhere!

I guess my point was the fact that this place has a-frames that are all evenly spaced, and appear to all be the same height. It looks like a heart monitor. It's as if the a-frame itself isn't the main design element. It's the pattern and rhythm created by the a-frames that the architect was going for. Most other places that have repeating a-frames use them as an element to frame an entrance, frame the name of the place or as design flourish. Does that make sense?

Actually, the more I look at these photos, I wonder if the architect was even thinking polynesian. If it wasn't for the fake palm trees, I wouldn't have even thought it was polynesian. I fact, when I look at this part of the architecture, with the big brick fireplace, I think it looks more like an IHOP.







 
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