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Secret Tiki Bar Discovered in Hollywood Hills
virani
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Posted: 2010-04-03 02:44 am   Permalink

I read he wanted to decor it the way the house was in the 20's, when built. I'd like to be invited to this lair...
I'm sure the secret tiki bar was the declic to make him buy the house. That would have been for me anyway !


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-04-04 10:03 am   Permalink

Glad to see that pic again, I remember Humu's write-up. Maybe Moby will be influenced to do an electronic Tiki album...I like some of his stuff. Wonder if he found any hooch stashed away there.
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-08 2:24 pm   Permalink

Re: MOBY buys Wolf's Lair



"...Mr Wolf was a chaser of aspiring starlets, hence the secret apartment under the gatehouse. It still has the original south seas decor of the 1920's, including a bamboo piano and a couch that turns into a bed at the touch of a button. Wolf would woo the lovelies while his unsuspecting wife slept in the Castle a few hundred feet away. He would tell the cuties that he had connections in the big house and coulld possibly help their careers..."



I wrote earlier on this thread:
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On 2010-04-03 00:43, bigbrotiki wrote:
I would venture a guess that that Pre-Tiki rumpus room might have been a contributing factor to the purchase of the place. He has Polynesian pop in his blood:
"Born September 11, 1965 in Harlem, New York City. Given the legal name Richard Melville Hall. Given the nickname 'Moby' at birth due to having Herman Melville as an ancestor."



Well, as it turns out, that was pure wishful thinking. A disappearing act, so to speak:

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2011/04/moby_turning_wolfs_lair_tiki_bar_into_private_magic_club_1.php

I have it on good authority now that Moby had it all ripped out. What a crying shame. Here are some pics of what once was:







Looking at the decor now, especially the paintings, I would say that it actually was NOT "untouched since the 30s", but RESTORED by its later (pre-Moby) owner, Bob Crane (not the actor):

"It was owned by Bob Crane for many years....he is a renowned dealer and restorer of landmark properties, and the author of a book on Hollywood. Bob's preservationist eye and attention to meticulous detail restored this home to it's original splendor."

Well, original splendor no more. Of the many sad stories I have heard about original home bars being torn out of mid-century homes, this is one is among the most tragic.



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JONPAUL
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Posted: 2012-02-08 2:58 pm   Permalink


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-08 3:19 pm   Permalink

Now now, J.P., no reason be so extremist, tiz tiz! I would guess it was more indifference than hate.

Turns out that IF he is related to Melville, it is not in a direct line, because Herman's direct line "daughtered out" generations before. Still, bearing a name inspired by the very first American Polynesian pop writer should have elicited more of a sensibility to his heritage.


 
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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2012-02-08 3:23 pm   Permalink

Even if Moby kept the room ... His music still sucks balls !!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-08 3:29 pm   Permalink

If I made that kinda money that would allow me to buy the Wolf's Lair, I might consider doing that.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-08 3:33 pm   Permalink

...playing that kind of bad music, I mean!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-08 3:49 pm   Permalink

Just found this, bunch o' hot air:

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2010/03/prohibitionera_bar_in_the_hollywood_hills_clive_wilkinson_in_london.php

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Wayfarer
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Posted: 2012-02-08 10:48 pm   Permalink

Things I wish my condo had Volume I: Secret tiki bar

 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2012-02-08 11:34 pm   Permalink

Hopefully removal of that little paradise was recycled to someone appreciative. What a shame if it was just totally trashed.

 
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simplydlacruz
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Posted: 2012-02-09 1:05 pm   Permalink

That sucks that he tore it out. What an awesome find that would have been. At least it was documented with some cool stories to go along with it.

 
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arriano
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Posted: 2012-02-09 1:32 pm   Permalink

This has nothing to do with tiki, so bear with me: About 25 or so years ago my dad worked for a movie producer named Ted Field. Field bought the old Harold Lloyd mansion Green Acres in Beverly Hills. While it was being restored, my dad took me on a tour of the place. It was amazing in many ways, but one of the coolest things was when you went downstairs into the basement, you could walk down a corridor that eventually led to a secret bar/lounge. The house had been built during Prohibition, and the story was that when the lounge's fireplace was lit, the smoke from the chimney could be seen by neighbors Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffith, etc. and it was a signal to them that the bar was open.

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naugatiki
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Posted: 2012-02-09 3:09 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-02-09 13:32, arriano wrote:
This has nothing to do with tiki, so bear with me: About 25 or so years ago my dad worked for a movie producer named Ted Field. Field bought the old Harold Lloyd mansion Green Acres in Beverly Hills. While it was being restored, my dad took me on a tour of the place. It was amazing in many ways, but one of the coolest things was when you went downstairs into the basement, you could walk down a corridor that eventually led to a secret bar/lounge. The house had been built during Prohibition, and the story was that when the lounge's fireplace was lit, the smoke from the chimney could be seen by neighbors Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffith, etc. and it was a signal to them that the bar was open.


They planned to make his Greenacers mansion a museum but sadly it never panned out, too bad it had 44 rooms and was basically unchanged since the 1920's, even in the 70's, kind of like Moby's ex-tiki space.




 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-03-21 3:51 pm   Permalink

It strikes me a little bit as an irony that Moby is fascinated enough by L.A. architecture to start his own blog on it in order to -in his own words- "document the beautiful weirdness of l.as oddball buildings", and because "one of the things that fascinates and baffles me about l.a is the randomness and accidental beauty and strangeness of the architecture here."

http://mobylosangelesarchitecture.com/page/3

He obviously LIKES theme architecture (best case in point is his new home) - but only on the OUTSIDE? He doesn't seem to know much about the genres, I don't think he's ever heard about Storybook Style, for example. Perhaps, as a recent New York transplant, he really did not understand what a gem he had in his basement, and years later will do a face-palm when he realizes it.



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