The Bell Pavillion was built & designed in 1965 by Dale Naegle 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. Surfers who often hung out at Black's Beach gave the oddly-shaped home the name 'Mushroom House' due to the resemblance of a fungus.
Dale's son Eric Naegle commented on our page saying "When asked why my dad chose to design this house the way he did, he would always answer "To resist the most destructive force in nature..." Invariably people would offer up: land/rock slide? Tidal wave? Earthquake? Dad would then fill in the blank: "Teenagers!"'
Personal Experience: Although the house is no trespassing, the entire hike and perimeter of the home are open to the public. This is a fun hike through a canyon with stunning views. The house is just south of Black's Beach.
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