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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-02-05 01:24 am   Permalink

Sigh, yes, the demise of sign art from neon sculpture to plastic sheeted can. All in the name of the x-tra buck saved. That style of sign with its triple/quadruple native shields, double torches and Tiki head was used for other places too, as can be seen at the Kon-Tiki Tuscon and the Leilani Wisconsin...(there was another that I can't remember right now...not the Kapu Kai, that one is different...)

But I am happily amazed that they kept the Tiki and the torches as graphics on the sign at least!

Yep that big thing on the Polynesian is a Witco mask, there is a second, different one hidden by the porte cochere, on the other side. The trim on the the p.c. is Witco too, compare it to the Tiki Motor Inn Lake George on p.206 BOT.


 
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The Mayor Of Exotica
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Posted: 2006-02-06 11:21 am   Permalink

Great posts, great images! Thanks, folks!

 
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puamana
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From: Seattle, WA
Posted: 2006-02-14 09:48 am   Permalink

Sabu, that Polynesia postcard is one of of my favorite pieces of paper ephemera from there ! I've got to find one of those one day.

Here's a few more :

Page on Canlis, also from the "You Can't Eat Mt. Rainier" book :



Polynesia postcard:



Tropics postcard:



Molokai Apartments, on Capitol Hill :





 
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Double Crown
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Posted: 2006-02-16 11:35 am   Permalink

This may be old news, but appropriate to this topic. Trader Vic's will have a new restaurant in Bellevue, WA, just 8 miles east of Seattle. I believe it's just a few weeks away from opening! Their website is: www.tradervicsbellevue.com

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2006-04-21 9:51 pm   Permalink

I've devoted a complete thread to the Hawaii Pavillion at the Seattle World's Fair here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=19214&forum=1&start=last&

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woofmutt
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From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2008-04-10 9:15 pm   Permalink

A few years back I noticed an apartment building not far from me (West Seattle). The building itself was fairly nondescript midcentury but the fence surrounding it had molded concrete posts decorated with a tiki/primitive face. Somewhat crude, with the image slightly off center, the posts looked very DIY. Age had made them look much better. The place didn't have an exotic name or any other signs of once greater glory.

A while back they replaced the concrete fence posts with white picket. (Better yet: Plastic white picket!) But I was walking by the other day and saw that the lampo postst by the gate was still original. (Topped with clashing Victorian gas lamp style fixture.)

This lo-fi picture is a phone image. I had to hold the phone over a high gate.




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DJ Terence Gunn
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Posted: 2008-04-13 5:37 pm   Permalink

The Tradewinds was before my time in Seattle, and it later became My Suzie's Lounge, and now the Pampas (Pompous) Room. Apparently there had been a fire in the place and most of The Tradewinds decor had been destroyed. I'm not sure how large The Tradewinds had been, as I know My Suzie's Lounge was fairly small, but The Pampas Room (Club), which is very large and has a stage, by-passes and goes below what was once My Suzie's Lounge, just below El Gaucho. Judging by the current structure and layout it's difficult to imagine what the space The Tradewinds occupied looked like, and if it went underground as The Pampas Room does. And to add confusion, there's a place, or used to be, called The Big Picture, which is accessible via the El Gaucho entrance, continuing underground round the North side of The Pampas Room and filling out directly underneath what was once My Suzie's Lounge.

The second time I met Otto Von Stroheim was here in Seattle in the mid-1990s and myself and a few friends, all of us dressed in vintage suits, took Otto round to a few places of potential interest to him, one of them being My Suzie's Lounge. Otto had his camera and was hoping to shoot a few shots of any remaining decor that had survived and been leftover from The Tradewinds, no doubt to include in Tiki News. I recall us walking into My Suzie's and seeing 3 or 4 motley, stereo-typically white-trash-looking patrons at the bar, who excitedly pleaded 'Hey, Guys! Come on in and have a drink!' We were all a bit uncomfortable and perhaps a little scared (believe me, if you saw these folks, you'd have been a bit scared, too!), and the place was dark and a total shambles, so we replied, almost in unison, 'No thanks. We're not stopping.' We did, however, inquire whether there was any decor left over from The Tradewinds, and to the left of the entrance (we noticed just as we were told) there was a large pile of Polynesian/Tiki items, bamboo, and decor. I believe there was some kind of waterfall and bridge or a pond or something. Otto took a snapshot or two. Perhaps he still has the shots? If so, now's an apt time to post 'em. 'Course, that was a while ago.

Has anyone on TC ever been to The Tradewinds in Seattle? It would certainly be interesting to hear about it, what it looked like, the drinks and food it served, etc. It would be even more interesting to see photos of the place.

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TorchGuy
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From: Renton, WA
Posted: 2008-04-26 04:30 am   Permalink

I only recently got into tiki and Poly pop in a big way, but I've lived just outside Seattle for my entire 29 years. I can go check up on some of those listed addresses, bring my digital camera, and come report on what I find. Another friend of mine, who drives and has a car (unlike me) will love this idea! So far, here are a few things I know:

That motel, with the Space Needle in the background? Oh, how I wish it still had a tiki sign! But... it DOES have a very funky-looking pool building, and I've often considered going in to explore. This gives me a great excuse!

The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) Hawai'i Pavillion building survived into the early 90s in the Fun Forest amusement area. It was used as storage, and I was inside it a few times. It consisted of a circular roof, with peaks and carved wood top beams, walls... and not much else. Not even a light fixture hanging in the center.

No remains exist of anything Poly on Pier 51. I don't know exactly which pier that is, but I do know that building is no longer extant.

One bit of Seattle Tiki culture was Leilani Lanes, a spectacular bowling alley in the Greenwood area of north Seattle. It had, amoong other things, a lot of carved wood ceiling beams, a circular fountain in the lobby, a lunch counter with some wonderfully tacky 60s decor in gold and Chinese red, and a lounge complete with leather swivel bucket chairs, a carved tiki on the wall, and the coolest fireplace I've ever seen: a hammered copper hood on six chains, which hung further down to hold a thick wood frame surrounding a smoked glass pane on which sat a metal trough filled with lava rocks, with gas flames flickering through. Beneath it was a lava rock waterfall lit by a green spotlight, and one could stand directly in front of it and look down through the glass into the waterfall! Does anyone know whether these were actually as-built equipment: the many, many bowling lanes had the usual gold-and-white screens with lights to indicate which pins remained, and an oval with what would normally the the Brunswick crown, which lights up when a strike is hit... Instead, the light covers were tikis, all molded plastic and all identical. They definately LOOKED original!

I'm still kicking myself over this: it was running well, had great food and good (if ordinary) drinks, was popular... and then suddenly I find out it's gobne. It was all so fast. Closed-and-contents-auctioned-and-demolished, boom, just like that. That was over a year ago. Anyone guess what's there now? If you guessed a parking lot...



...it's worse. NOTHING is there. It's a vacant lot. The buyers (who paid a lot for it) did nothing.

I'll do some investigating and see what I can dig up. If I'm lucky, I'll find some tiki bits poking around... I'm already starting to get that hair-standing-on-end sensation I'm told is common when one pulls back some bushes or looks in a dusty corner of a bar and finds a mysterious, ancient-looking tiki carving glaring out at them.


 
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2008-08-31 10:15 am   Permalink

I think I found a fresh discovery!!!!!! Its taken me about 1/2 hour to find this thread Im bumping it up so Its ready for the picture.
Yesterday Iggi and I were sailing in the hood. (West Seattle) and completely by accident we found a HUGE tiki face on the side of a mid century house. I could have kicked myself for not having my camera. Im going back this morning to snap a few shots and attempt to make contact with the native inhabitants of the dwelling. Wish me luck!!! at the very lest I will return with pics and post them shortly. Dawn


 
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2008-08-31 12:15 pm   Permalink

Ok here's the pics. Its kinda gloomy out today so the pics are on the dark side. If the sun goes out i will go back and re shoot. I left a note inquiring about the tikis origins and history. Hopefully i will get a call soon.









 
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Posted: 2008-08-31 2:18 pm   Permalink

Sophista-tiki, Here is what looks to be the Origin of your Great find! Nice going.

Is the shield a Witco?

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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2008-08-31 2:43 pm   Permalink

sure looks like the same one. I guess I didn't make the connection because of the scale. The pics from the Polynesian dont really give you the sense of its actual size . In person its HUGE! and it also looks like the botton tips under the mouth were cut off. Ok, Ive been making comparisons to the 2 pics and its definatly the same one. The top points have also been cut off. but where the lines of the induvidual planks are match up perfectly. cant wait to find out how it ended up in a carport

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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2008-08-31 6:46 pm   Permalink

OK, dont laugh at me but I just moved the page over to the left and NOW I can see the GIANT TIKI MASK ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING!!!!! I never saw it in the picture before because it was off my computer screen.


What a goob Im cracking up. so please ignore my previous comment about how I couldn't tell the size >...

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sweetpea
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Posted: 2008-09-02 09:46 am   Permalink

super cool Dawn!
Where is it?

Also, to answer about going to the Tradewinds, actually I did, still back in high school.
It was dark enough that we snuck in and no-one bothered to card me. The place was super cool, and the neon outside was fab! We were too worried about getting kicked out that we didnt order drinks, so no comment on those.


 
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Sophista-tiki
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From: Seattle WA
Posted: 2008-09-02 1:52 pm   Permalink

I made contact! The owner called me this morning and I immediately went over for a visit. we spent the whole morning chatting,as I suspected she had no idea that there was current interest in tiki history. She told me great stories about going to the Polynesian and how it really was the nicest restaurant in Seattle at the time.
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 building away.

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