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Humphrey's Half Moon & Suites, San Diego, CA (hotel)
A Frame
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Joined: Apr 16, 2009
Posts: 330
From: Mr. C's on the Coast Highway
Posted: 2017-07-26 11:29 am   Permalink


On 2007-04-18 11:43, bigbrotiki wrote:
Interior-wise, it always had a low TIPSY factor (like, nil), but there are some around the pool, they even took some over from the Kona Kai Club down the street, when they obliterated that and turned it "Mediterranean" style (how unique!)

Humphrey's restaurant, L'Escale (initially the "Tahiti", BOT p. 134), not only...

...featured an imposing A-frame...

...but also had outrigger beams, Tiki torches and a Tiki outside...

...yet the inside was decidedly mid-century modern!

Now, kids, who wants a time machine ? :)

While researching the modern architect Hiram Hudson Benedict recently, I found a Shelter Island /Half Moon Inn connection to him and also spotted a very cool postcard type photo and Armet & Davis architectural drawing of the Tahiti restaurant Sven mentioned…both belong here.

You can also see both and read the article by Martin S. Lindsay on the "Classic San Diego" site. He’s written some interesting Shelter Island history on the Half Moon Inn and the restaurant.

He also wrote on SD Tiki history which can be seen by clicking the “Tiki” tab at the top of the page here:


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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2017-07-26 6:15 pm   Permalink

Very nice Anders. CeCe and I luv to stay at the Half Moon. Crawling distance from the Bali Hai
Mahalo for your efforts.

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