Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Crow's Nest - Pt. Loma, California

I'm on the road again, and this week I found myself in San Diego, my favorite tiki town. I had the chance to stop in last night and enjoy a few Mr. Bali Hai Mai Tais at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island. This was my first visit back to the Bali Hai after the remodel a few years back, and I was pleasantly surprised with the nice job they did updating the place.

On occassion, I get emails from readers asking me if I have a favorite building, or if I can point out a prime example of Polynesian Pop Architecture. My immediate answer is yes, I have a favorite and I got to visit her again today, lovely as ever.

The Crow's Nest Yacht & Ship Brokerage

The Crow's Nest exhibits several different classic elements of tiki architecture. I love this building, its got a great color scheme, it has a shake shingle roof, it has tropical landscaping, its small and intimate, its located on the ocean and finally it is surrounded by other Polynesian Pop Architecture found all across Shelter Island.

The Crow's Nest: 2515 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma, California


  1. Having grown up in San Diego, Shelter Island was always a popular place. I love the tiki atmosphere of so many of its structures and has been inspiration for many projects of mine. Love your blog.

  2. Love the extra outrigger beams at the bottom of each A-frame and angled "support" beams below them. They give the building not only a sense of motion (which us Googie fans always appreciate) but also the feeling that it's something more than a decorated box. A great building indeed. If I ever build my dream tiki house, I will borrow liberally from this design.

  3. What a marvellous designs really very nice architecture. As now people use use different way to make their look amazing so tiki hut and make your place pleasing.

  4. I completely loved this building and being a roofer, I never saw anything like this before. Traditional roof always take the cake with their simplicity and style.