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The Lodge at Torrey Pines The California Craftsman Spirit Reborn

LA JOLLA, Calif. (April 4, 2002) – Now rising from an ancient coastal sandstone terrace near Torrey Pines State Reserve and the coastal village of La Jolla, The Lodge at Torrey viagra walgreens price Pines pays is buying viagra online safe homage to Southern California’s flowering of its California Craftsman style in the early 20th century. Designed in the tradition of architects Charles and Henry Greene, the Lodge carefully observes the Craftsman Movement’s passion for honest materials and craftsmanship, respect for the natural landscape, and the integration of indoor and outdoor living.

Most similar in style and details to the Greenes’ two California masterworks, the Gamble (1908) and the Blacker (1912) houses, The Lodge still retains the look and feel of a large residence in a beautiful setting. Renowned historian and well-known Greene & Greene expert Randell Makinson, helped insure the historical accuracy of the project.

The Lodge features a powerful post-and-beam structure with authentic clinker brick foundation, metal cialis for bph reviews strap and wedge joinery, expanses of stained glass, and broad roof overhangs with projecting outriggers and raftertails. Interior design by Kristine Smith Design Studio Interiors and interior architecture by Bill Hughes created a fin de si├Ęcle (early 1900s) ambiance combined with modern comfort, light, and spaciousness. The hotel’s lofty, timber-beamed lobby features tree-patterned stained glass that casts colorful dapples over floors and walls. Living-room-like groupings of Arts & Crafts furniture, including many pieces by Stickley, add to the residential feel of The Lodge. Oriental rugs on the hardwood floors also define comfortable gathering areas, and wooden rockers surround a large fireplace framed by art tile. The Lodge’s fine art collection of landscapes painted en plein air by famed California Impressionists lines the walls.

In the hallways leading to the guest rooms, broad-hooded lanterns softly illuminate hand-rubbed wood paneling. The Craftsman ideal is extended to the guest rooms as well, where woodwork shows quality workmanship and complements an earthy color palette of ochres, rusts, deep browns and evergreens. Wooden headboards, chairs, and chaise longues feature fine inlaid Arts & Crafts motifs. Carpets and fabrics have been reproduced from original William Morris designs. The bathrooms retain the consistent design spirit, but respect the conveniences and luxuries today’s travelers require. Basket-weave marble flooring, granite counters, deep soaking tubs, polished chrome period fixtures, and private water closets are featured in all guest bathrooms. All rooms fronting viagra not working anymore Torrey Pines Golf Course have fireplaces, while two suites overlooking the 18th green feature more than 1,500 square feet of generous living area, enhanced by fireplaces and wide private balconies.

The Lodge’s signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, named after the well-known turn-of-the-century San Diego Impressionist painter, art pottery designer, and botanical illustrator, offers an intimate fine dining experience in several small, well-crafted rooms, further divided by upholstered booths for added comfort and privacy. In addition to cuisine that honors the freshest local sources of small-farm produce, seafood, and meats, a highlight of the restaurant is The Lodge’s extensive collection of original A.R. Valentien works, as well as select memorabilia from the artist’s house and studio.

Landscape architect Joni L. Janecki & Associates planned a natural environment where indigenous California flora accent existing mature Torrey pines. The dictum of indoor-outdoor living so important to the Greene brothers is facilitated by expansive viagra on drug test decks and brick patios, an outdoor pool and a whirlpool spa nestled among three pine trees overlooking the golf course and the Pacific.

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