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One of the most fun projects that I have ever done was this Resort Hotel, Vacation Village, near the future site of Sea World in Mission Bay, San Diego. The Owner was  Jack Skirball, who also produced Alfred Hitchcock Pictures. The work was a team effort. There were four main designers, Zach Stewart, Val Agnoli,Dan Osborn, and myself. In the early 1960's, this project was a pioneering use of pole construction, and one of the largest of such built for that time.


The observation tower featured a sculpture built from common  steel reinforcing bars by one of the four designers, Val Agnoli. He built it in one month  helped by a concrtete construction worker who understood how to bend the steel bars.   The treated telephone poles were the foundation and main elements of the structure for the buildings.

Photos: Philip Hyde


Tower and Bar Pavillion The restaurant: Reinforcing steel bent shapes make up supporting beams for the heavy timber roof decking.  





                                                                                                Photo: Julius Schulman                      Aerial Const. Photo                                                                                    Photo: Julius Schulman        
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I called the Guest Rooms caves because three walls were adobe block walls without windows and the fourth was windows. The guest would get a feeling of security inside the room.


Site Plan


Aerial Photo: Construction

I took the first PSA flight from San Francisco to San Diego several times a week to do the layout of the buildings and supervise the construction work and returned on the last flight of the evening. The site plan reveals the "cave" guest rooms distributed at random, but with careful attention to the  outlook from  the cave mouths.



This is a model I made  of a pool at Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. This was another whimsical version  of a pole structure. I designed  a  hyperbolic paraboloid pole canopy. I intended to echo the traditional early Wyoming Indian tepees.Jackson 2                               When it was built it looked just like my model Jll Pool





                                                                                                    Photos: Jerimiah O. Bragstad Tepee









Photos: Jerimiah O. Bragstad

Tepee under construction











Lodge Ciottages 3






We did a lot of work in National Parks, particularly in Yosemite. Here is my own  design for guest rooms at Yosemite Lodge. There were four rooms  to a floor with  private balconies facing out in each of the four sides.



Yosemite Guest room



Interior of one of the four-way facing guest rooms.







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Here are some other nearby Guest Cottages at Yosemite Lodge. These were designed by our  collaborative design team led by Pat Angell. 





 3 photos above: Phil Hyde




UCSC Fine Arts

This was one of the first few buildings for the new UC Santa Cruiz  Campus.

When I designed this building, I borrowed  an idea that I admired for the concrete finish that was  developed by Alfred Preis, a  Honolulu Architect. My challenge was to replace  the  labor intensive hand worked  procedure  and adapt some  modern techniques of construction to make a similar effect. We were able to form up full height and pour the walls in a continuous lift operation and expose the stone work after the forms were removed.

 The  Building was designed to serve  Fine Arts Studies and included  the Campus Telephone Exchange and  the  first Campus  Computer Center in the basement.

  It was in a Redwood forest and only two mature trees were displaced for the building.

 Photo: Philip Hyde

UCSC Model






I made a study model to identify relationship of the Building and the surrounding trees. The tree locations are accurate on this model



                                                                                                        Photo: Philip HydeUCSC Fine Arts 2 










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Hk Camp 5 In 1964 I laid out 150 campsites near the Merced River in Yosemite.  The earlier wooden tent platforms were often swept away by spring floods. The Yosemite Park and Curry Company wanted to avoid the rebuilding of the campsites after the floods in time for the Summer season. We designed concrete floors with concrete tilt-up walls and canvas roofed duplex units. Here again was the "Cave" concept of San Diego's Vacation Village -- Three sides  had heavy walls and  the fourth side opened to a small private outdoor space. I laid out the sites in a little under two days using a chain loop device I had used in the layout of the San Diego project. This was a chain in a loop with rings at each corner.  I walked the site and used metal spikes in the rings to quickly locate and adjust each campsite. I could easily get a unit sited with respect to the views and trees in plenty of time for  a crew to follow along behind me and set more permanent corner stakes for forming the slabs.  The Camp Curry Housekeepyng Camp has remained popular and I believe is still in use with its original form today.


Photos: Phil Hyde and Pat Angel; Brochure: Pat Angel HK Camp Site.


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H K Camp 3