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The Polynesia, Seattle, WA (restaurant)

Joined: Nov 24, 2014
Posts: 6
Posted: 2014-11-25 11:06 pm   Permalink

It is pretty amazing that these beams were saved and that someone thought enough to save them. I am so curious to know if a previous owner of this house knew David Cohn or had some kind of connection that allowed them to gain access to these beams. Next time I speak with my landlord, I will see if she knows more about the beams and who/when they were brought here to the property.

I looked up Witco, as I wasn't sure what it was. I know in the Seattle Times article at the beginning of this thread, it states that Donald Keys and Donald Ingalls, local Seattle artists, both hand carved the beams. Were these two gentlemen part of the Witco Company?

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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4571
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-11-26 7:04 pm   Permalink


What a cool find, thanks for posting.

This piece from my magazine ad provides a little more detail on the beams.

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Joined: Nov 24, 2014
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Posted: 2014-11-26 10:48 pm   Permalink

Thank you DustyCajun for posting this! Very interesting information on the beams and the type of wood used. I wish I could have seen this restaurant--it sounds like it was really an amazing place! Dusty Cajun, I saw the tiki mug and dishware from the Polynesia that you posted on this thread--that is very cool! Where did you find those items? Did you ever get the chance to go the Polynesia?

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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 477
From: wakinekona
Posted: 2015-03-21 12:43 am   Permalink

Been digging around for awhile trying to find a good shot of the Polynesia sign that was by Alaska Way without any luck. What I've found is very interesting to me. The original sign was oval and on a pole that flared at the top and this pole may have been painted with a decorative pattern. Beside the sign pole is what looks like a carved log pole (a tiki maybe?).

This is from Dustys, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop postcard guessing the 60's.

This next shot is from 1965 when Skagit Belle sternwheeler sank beside the pier.

Lastly from the 70's the original sign and pole is gone replaced by a rectangular one but the carved pole is still there in the background.

Any help would be welcome, my wife is going to try to get the web source photo data to try to clear up the pictures, until then...

aloha, tikicoma

[ This Message was edited by: tikicoma 2015-03-21 00:52 ]

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