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Best Western Island Palms Hotel/Shelter Island Marina, originally named Shelter Island Inn 2051 Shelter Island Drive Built: 1960 • Architect: Richard George Wheeler & Assoc. The building’s character-defining architectural features include a classic soaring A-frame lobby roof, with laminated redwood wood outriggers, flagstone and lava rock, and wood shingle roof. The lobby leads into the former Portofino Room. Its high ceiling, plate glass doors and windows blur the transition of outside to interior space. It currently sports a Bali- Thai motif, which makes it a hybrid example of Tiki Modern.


Silvergate Yacht Club 2091 Shelter Island Drive Built: 1965 • Architect Robert Platt An eclectic mix of maritime and modern suburban architectural features, it includes shiplap siding, plate glass windows, a mast and cupola. And a monolithic chimney and Atomic Age zigzag “George Jetson” roof treatment.


Yokohama Friendship Bell Center of Shelter Island Drive’s western traffic loop Dedicated: December 11, 1960 “to eternal good will between San Diego and [Yokohama,] its Japanese sister city.” During its dedication ceremony, Bishop Yamada of Los Angeles’ Zen Shu Buddhist temple pulled the lanyard on the bell’s outside battering ram-like clapper to ring the bell 18 times. After the ceremony, the lanyard and planks across the moat were removed to “prevent mischief.”


Shelter Island Substation & Dock, San Diego Harbor Police Department 1401 Shelter Island Drive A fusion of Hawaiian Territorial and California Modern Ranch styles with a utilitarian nautical flare. Just south is Pacific Rim Park, which contains two James T. Hubbell works: Pearl of the Pacific (1998) and Pacific Spirit (2002). A third sculpture, Pacific Portal (2002), can be seen makai of the round-about east toward the Bali Hai Restaurant.


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