Chart House Restaurant
Built in 1982 by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg.
”Kendrick Bangs Kellogg grew up in Mission Beach, San Diego, California. At the age of 7, Kellogg built a fort in the adjacent lot by taking used (recycled) large wooden crates that he found in the throw-away piles adjacent to other less important building projects in the neighborhood at the time. In 1953, Kellogg attended the University of Colorado. In April 1955, while at Colorado, after seeing a picture of Fallingwaters, Kellogg, his high school girl friend, and a group of Colorado architectural students took a field trip to Taliesin West where Kellogg met and talked with Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1955, Kellogg attended the University of Southern California. In 1956, Kellogg attended the University of California Berkeley. In 1957-1959, Kellogg designed and physically helped the contractor build (on the job...8 hrs a day) the triangular copper roof "Babcock House" in south Mission Beach from the ground up. In 1959-1961, Kellogg designed and also physically helped build the triangular plan house in Point Loma, San Diego. In 1962-1963, Kellogg designed and was the construction supervisor of the "Onion House" located about a mile up the hill from the Kona Coast, on the big island of Hawaii which, because it took advantage of the prevailing ocean and mountain winds as the old Hawaiians did, and had screen (no glass required), it needed no air conditioning nor heating. Kellogg then received his Architectural License in 1964 and with all his field experience, Kellogg received a Contractor’s License in 1966. In about 1967-1968, the president of the Charthouse Restaurants, at the time, commissioned Kellogg to design their Santa Barbara Charthouse, which was so well laid-out that Charthouse chose it as the most perfect restaurant for charthouse employee training purposes, out of their entire chain. Kellogg has been told by many that his work organically enhances the site more than any other Architect since Frank Lloyd Wright.”
The Chart House Restaurant is on the property owned by the Riverwalk Jacksonville Development along with the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk hotel, a hip locale on the Southbank Riverwalk in the heart of the historic San Marco entertainment district. This eclectic area is brimming with quaint boutiques, day spas, sidewalk cafes, wine bars and upscale restaurants. The Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk offers an unrivaled blend of first-rate service and distinctive style in a vibrant locale.
Kendrick Bangs Kellogg’s Charthouse Restaurant is North Florida’s iconic example of Modern Organic Architecture. In addition to the architecture, Architect Kellogg completed the structural engineering, mechanical, electrical, kitchen equipment, "interior and exterior designs" etc. As described by Architect Kellogg “There were few dimensions necessary on the plans to build it by the contractor, most of it was "organically" scaled in the field”.
The Charthouse copper clad ribs of mullions spring lightly towards the St. Johns Rive while massive concrete “barnacle-esque” cones grasp tightly to weather all storms. Often described as a ship by visitors, the sweeping ribs and backbone of laminated beams sweep out from firmly grounded rough plank concrete conical service cores. One cone encases restrooms, another the kitchen and storage, each formed precisely by skilled form builders, yet rough in texture. The restaurant interior swirls to form eddies, collecting and embracing diners for focused conversation, or spewing them along well formed lines like shells dropped from an outgoing tide; giant concrete urns reach up to overhead domed skylights, pushing up their lush vines to the sky above, that still seek to dangle to the ground below; huge laminated bars, host station, and rails add richness and texture; all details grow from the rhythmic ribs of the structure above.
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