Bell Pavilion House by Architect Dale Naegle

Bell Pavilion House by Architect Dale Naegle

Kimber Watson
May 6, 2010

While catching up on my blog reading, I came across this wild home posted on Velo Cult. The photographer was out for a bike ride on the coast in La Jolla and snapped these pictures. Intrigued, I did a little more digging.

The building is commonly known as the "Mushroom House", although the actual name for it is the Pavilion. The home was built and designed by Dale Naegle in 1968, for Sam Bell of Bell's Potato Chips. Bell had purchased a summer home overlooking the Pacific Ocean and wanted to add a guest house. The property included a 300 foot cliff, and below was an isolated beach only accessible at low tide through rugged rocks. A 300 ft tramway from the main house to the guest house was constructed first, necessary for developing access to the beach. The reason for the odd fungi-shaped structure? Why to honor the destructive forces of waves, rock slides, earthquakes, and apparently - kids!

If when finding the perfect house, it truly comes down to "location, location, location", well this one might be hard to beat. While it's definitely not the style I would want for my dream home (or guest house), can you imagine waking up to that view every morning? They say you on a clear day, one can see Catalina Island or perhaps catch a glimpse of dolphins. Hmm, dreamy... at least until a storm rolls in!

(Images: 1: VeloCult, 2: DaleNaegleArchitect)

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