Friday, January 30, 2009

Encinitas Boat Houses

Built during the 1920s by Miles Kellogg, the Encinitas Boat Houses are local landmarks. When the circa 1888 Moonlight Beach Dance Hall and Bath House was demolished in 1925, Mr. Kellogg salvaged the wood with the intention of building a house. The boards were too short for conventional building, so the resourceful Midwesterner called upon his shipbuilding experience and crafted the two Boat Houses. Complete with portholes, pilot houses, mariners' wheels and galleries, these two houses are permanently "docked" two blocks from the Pacific Ocean, on Third Street.

Recently, a developer, a local historical group and the powers that be at City Hall joined forces to purchase the properties for restoration and preservation.