Bell Beach House
La Jolla, San Diego
Visiting this house was worth the risk, the risk of the high tide locking us in! And it nearly did. We approached the Mushroom House, as its known, from the south of Blacks Beach and when it was time to leave the water was literally up the base of the structure. The only other way out is the inoperable tramway, we timed our visit perfectly.
I captured dozens of great photographs of the James Bond like house, formally known as the Bell Beach house, named after Sam Bell, a potato chip business man. Bell commissioned architect, Dale Naegle to create a unique and special guest quarters with unparalleled ocean views.
The brutalist disc shaped structure is one of many concrete gems in the La Jolla area. I was in town documenting the mid century architecture of the UCSD campus, which for any fan of mid-century brutalist architecture is a must visit.
You have to admire the creativity of the architects of that time. I love the vision, the execution, its all pretty amazing. Too bad a residence like this could never happen today under current coastal building restrictions. I am sure there is a pretty good reason for that!
If you’re exploring La Jolla, the short trek to this historic, yet futuristic house is worth it - just keep an eye on the rising tides.