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The Polynesia, Seattle, WA (restaurant)
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From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2010-08-04 07:28 am   Permalink

Name:The Polynesia
Type:restaurant
Street:Pier 51
City:Seattle
State:WA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:




 
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Posted: 2010-08-04 07:49 am   Permalink

From Seattle Times September 3, 1961

The Polynesia, new $500,000 restaurant on Pier 51, is like a prologue to a romantic poem, with every word and every syllable in the right place.

The materials and the motif go together in creating a South Seas atmosphere in a beautiful setting on Puget Sound. The high peaked 'long house' design with its interior walls of polished matched teakwood and grass cloth, the deeply carved beams and banquettes, the rattan chairs and the carved figures all have a Polynesian flavor.

Raymond H. Peck, the architect, who designed the restaurant, chose his central theme from the markings of ceremonial shields, canoe prows, and art of Tahiti, the Philippine Islands and Pago Pago.

Peck used lava rock from the big island of Hawaii, precious woods from the Far East, coral and tree ferns (hapu), art carvings, sea shells, and hand-woven materials.
The heavy posts and beams, all carved, are more than 50 years old. They were taken from the building razed to make way for the restaurant. They were carved with theme designs created by Peck.

The carving was done by Donald Keys and Donald Ingalls, Seattle artists. The markings on the post and beams are repeated in the china. A ceremonial shield design, taken from an authentic Marquesas shield found in a museum, is used as the cover for the menu.

A spiral fireplace in the main dining room rises from a reflecting pool on the floor to a black metal hood in the ceiling. The spiral is made of pipe, perforated to produce dozens of small open flames.

Three Tahitian Torches will mark the entrance.

The banquettes were carved by Witco of Mt Vernon, a company which specializes in the carving of darkened cedar. A life-size Tiki figure, in the hallway, was carved in Manila of monkey pod. Solid teak door pulls and a door panel were made by Keys and Ingalls.

Transparencies with Tahitian emblems laminated in plastic by Fay Chong, Pacific Northwest artist, mark the front on view side of the restaurant.

There is a modern air to the building, with its wide window walls taking in the broad sweep of Puget Sound and Seattle to the north and south.

A menu has been created to go along with the setting...(The restaurant) will feature lunch and dinner. It also has a cocktail lounge.

(Owner) Dave Cohn has engaged Anita Moore, a former resident of Tahiti, to inform guests on the customs and art of the Polynesians.


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The Polynesia Restaurant (called the Poly by locals) remained at Pier 51 (which was also owned by David Cohn) until the state condemned the Pier around 1981 in order to expand the Seattle ferry terminal.

The Polynesia closed around May of 1981 and all of it's interior fixtures and furnishings were removed. Cohn looked for another location to physically move the Polynesia but zoning restrictions blocked his efforts. "I'm just sick," Cohn said in a 1981 newspaper article, "I'd go anyplace. We've been kicked out of our own property by the state...and nobody will help us relocate...no one seems to care."

On the morning of January 25th, 1982 just after high tide, the entire Polynesia Restaurant was lifted in one piece off of Pier 51 by a large floating crane. Acocrding to a newspaper report he Polynesia was "placed on a barge and towed to a site on the Duwamish River while the owners search for a new location."

Unfortunately a new location was never found. According to David Cohn the problem was the size of the Polynesian and zoning restrictions for available locations. Sometime after the Polynesia's mothballing Cohn gave up and let the Seattle Fire Department burn the structure for practice.

David Cohn died in 2003 at the age of 85 but the restaurant business he started is still going strong. It includes major Seattle area restaurants such as the Metropolitan and Elliot's.

In 2002 I spoke to Cohn on the telephone. Of the Polynesia's origins Cohn said he had taken architect Raymond Peck to Pier 51 and said "Hey Ray, I want to build a Polynesian restaurant at this site and I can't even spell the word."

Cohn spoke very fondly of the restaurant and the staff that worked there. over 20 years after the Polynesia's closing it was obvious the Cohn still felt sad about it. I got the feeling that the Polynesia was really special to him.

Cohn said when the Polynesia was closed some of the Polynesia's fixtures were moved to some of his other restaurants but he couldn't recall what happened to the bulk of the interior.


Most of the above first appeared in
this post here.
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Posted: 2010-08-04 07:54 am   Permalink

The below photos and information were originally posted by Puamana in this thread here.



...Visuals from a 1960's Polynesia souvenir menu mailer. This is the first paper ephemera I've seen which shows an interior photo of the restaurant ! Menus with the signature Marquesan shield logo are in two photos, as well as a nice view of the carved beams & spiral fireplace...

Front of mailer, with nice illustration of building exterior:



closer view:



Back page :



Interior photo of the restaurant:



Closer view...check out those tapa carved beams, and the spiral fireplace mentioned on the right :



Dinner & drinks page:



Closer view of drinks:



Restaurant description on mailer page:




The above photos and information were originally posted by Puamana in this thread here.





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Posted: 2010-08-04 07:55 am   Permalink

The below photos and information were originally posted by Sweet Daddy Tiki in this thread here.


Here's some screen caps from the DVD of the 1962 Mutiny On The Bounty. They're from a bonus newsreel about a tour the replica of the Bounty made to various cities including Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. Guess where the Bounty docked in Seattle?










The above photos and information were originally posted by Sweet Daddy Tiki in this thread here.

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Posted: 2010-08-04 08:01 am   Permalink

The below photo and information were originally posted by Mo-Eye in this thread here.

...The Seattle Polynesia from 1978.




The above photo and information were originally posted by Mo-Eye in this thread here.





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Posted: 2010-08-04 08:04 am   Permalink

The below photos and information were originally posted by Sabu The Coconut Boy in this thread here.

Some more images of the Polynesia in Seattle. I think I posted these first two a long time ago, before I had a decent scanner. Time to re-post them on this thread.





These next three are from Sept. 1964 issue of "Architectural Record" magazine:






SOUTH PACIFIC LONG HOUSE ON WATERFRONT
The Polynesia restaurant has a dramatic setting at the end of a 125-foot-wide pier which extends 800 feet from the Seattle waterfront into Puget Sound, and its unusual triple A-frame form - inspired by the "halau" or long house - accentuates the dramatic location. The structure is of heavy timber, with special precautions due to the building's location. The necessary sprinkler system is installed, however, so that only the sprinkler heads penetrate to the interior; supply lines are mounted on the outside and run 2 inches off the roof. Charcoal-colored asbestos shingles provide fire-resistant roofing. The red cedar siding, set on a slant to parallel one line of the A-frames, is stained dark brown. The two-level dining area looks out over the sound to a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains. Most of the seating is built-in to resemble carved Polynesian benches. The cylindrical "fireplace" consists of 1-inch copper tube, bent into a spiral and drilled for gas gets, surrounded by a mesh screen. The architect no only designed the building but the menus as well, and selected the costumes for waiters and waitresses, using tangerine, gold, black and seal brown - the same basic colors used elsewhere in the building.


The above photos and information were originally posted by Sabu The Coconut Boy in this thread here.

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Posted: 2010-08-04 08:09 am   Permalink

The below photo and information were originally posted by bigbrotiki in this thread here.

...Page 249 Tiki Modern:





The above photo and information were originally posted by bigbrotiki in this thread here.




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Posted: 2010-08-04 08:17 am   Permalink

The below photos and information were originally posted by Sophista-tiki in this thread here.



Long story short, the giant mask was found floating in Elliot Bay. Apparently pieces of decor were being chucked in the water before they hauled (the Polynesia) away.







The above photos and information were originally posted by Sophista-tiki in this thread here.



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Posted: 2010-08-04 08:19 am   Permalink

first time Iver checkd this thread since all the new photos were added. EEEE I love this building, noiw that i have all this refrence material so convieniently located in one spot, I'm going to work this into a painting.
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Posted: 2010-08-04 08:28 am   Permalink

Actually I was shocked and ashamed to discover there wasn't a thread in this forum for the Poly. So I wrangled it all together.

It really was an amazing place. But hey, at least we have an AWESOME ferry dock now!
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Posted: 2011-05-24 4:42 pm   Permalink

I picked up an old double page ad from an architectural magazine that featured the Polynesia Restaurant. A modern design indeed!



Some close ups of the front exterior A-Frames and port cochere.





The Tiki out front in the bushes.




The ad also contained the interior layout design from the architect Raymond Peck.



Here is the description of the woods and craftsmanship used to build the Polynesia Restaurant.




A nice historical record of the building!

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Posted: 2011-05-24 4:57 pm   Permalink

Nice! Do you know which issue (month/year) of that mag it was in? It' s interesting that both, in Puamana's rendering at the beginning of this thread and now in the photo the two humongous Witco masks in the far left and right A-frame are not present.

 
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Posted: 2011-05-24 5:20 pm   Permalink

Bigbro,

The advertisement I posted is dated April 1962 and Sabu's photo with the Witco masks is dated September 1964... so sometime between the two dates the masks were added.

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Posted: 2011-05-26 09:44 am   Permalink

Wish that plan was labeled. Is the kitchen and bathrooms to the left and bar to the right and dining rooms at the top of the plan?
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Posted: 2011-07-05 10:31 pm   Permalink

I came across some more old photos and history on the Polynesia on a historical Seattle website.

Here two photos of the restaurant under construction. These types of construction shots are hard to come by, I can only think of one or two others.


Great details in the beams.



Next up a few aerial shots from the buildings across the way. You really get a sense of the scale of the piers from this vantage.





An early view from the adjacent pier 50.




Another shot of the Bounty docked beside the restaurant.



This is the Skagit Belle which was moved to Pier 51 and operated as another restaurant.



It sunk in place in 1965.




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