Who Built "the Arks"?

The Adventist Story of the Encinitas Boathouses

On October 12, 2019, residents of Encinitas, California, celebrated a momentous occasion—the listing of their beloved Boathouses on the US National Register of Historic Places. The unique pair of two-story, boat-shaped bungalows has attracted tourists to the coastal town ever since their construction ninety years ago. Few people, however, are familiar with the name of their architect and builder, Miles Minor Kellogg, let alone with his Seventh-day Adventist heritage and how it helped inspire the construction of “the Arks” in 1929.

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Friends and I used to go surfing in Encinitas back in the early 60s. Paramahansa Yogananda established a Self Realization Fellowship center there, on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The surf spot was known as Swami’s, for that reason. A few years later, another friend and I sat on Moonlight beach and watched the sunset. An SDA doctor owned a very nice home nearby and hosted vespers there. Never heard of these boats before but the mention of Encinitas brings back memories.

These houses are pretty spectacular - the dedication displayed (by Kellogg) in the shape of the hull definitely gives the visual impression that these were intended to float. No wonder they sparked the imagination of journalists!


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