The Polynesia aprtments were originally documented in 2006 over at Tiki Central. I recently found some new information to share that shows how the place has changed over the last 50 years.
The Polynesia was built in 1962 by Mr. Max Resnick, a Southern California apartment builder. The newly constructed complex was featured in this May 1962 advertisement for General Electric Air Conditioners.
The Polynesia is the newest of Max H. Resnick's luxury apartments. Tenants stay tradewind-cool all through Southern California's long, hot summers, thanks to General Electric Built-In Air Conditioners.
The Polynesia - May 1962
Unlike most tiki apartment complexes, The Polynesia did not have an A-frame at the entrance. Instead, it had this interesting arrangement of large beams decorated with exotic patterns to provide an entrance canopy.
The Polynesia still stands and the mural on the front of the building remains.
Photo: Sven Kristen, 2007
However, the decorated canopy beams have long since been removed.
Photo: Google StreetView 2012
Back in 2006, they were still lighting the mural at night.
Photo: Chongolio (Tiki Central)
The Polynesia is located at 7314 Variel Avenue in Canoga Park, California.