Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Polynesia Apartments - Canoga Park, California

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.


  1. Wow! It's good to know that those people who runs the Polynesia still manages to remain the essence of Polynesia for over 50 years. I'm so happy for the Polynesia owner's of today's generation as they had preserved well the beauty of its place. This apartment for rent and sale would gonna be a historic one surely just like a penthouse apartment and many more in different parts of the world.

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. Nice to see Polynesian paintings on the building, I wish it also had that beautiful Polynesian roof.

  4. This is really beautiful, an interesting mix of traditional Polynesian art work and slick, modern house.

  5. Hello everyone, really dreams do come through, i no longer have to apply for loans and worry over my bad credit scores, i got my blank ATM card after so many trails all thanks to Mr George, if you are thinking if its actually real the answer is YES. Mr George is very good at his job i applied for the card and got it shipped to my country 5 days later and i have been using the card for two months, withdrawn a total of €30000 its totally untraceable, my life has transformed from paring an apartment in the slums to purchasing an executive condo with luxury furniture's and now my children can now attend quality schools, Mr George is an angel sent from God to the poor and needy. i am writing this with tears of joy as Mr George has removed my family from the life of want to the life of satisfaction. you can contact him through this email: