Around Nags Head

By: roanokeis
7/24/2008 5:04 PM



By: roanokeis
7/24/2008 5:07 PM


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By: hoi toide
7/24/2008 10:06 PM

El Gay Court...i think it was bought by The Woolards & of course i can't EVER remember the name they gave it. Plus i'm bad at MP's...14-ish?? Naw, UNCLE!! :confused:

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By: Will
7/25/2008 1:05 PM

Roanokeis, Great pics! Thanks for posting them. I love these vintage photos and only wish I could have experienced the Outer banks like it was in the 1950's. Of course, I wasn't alive then, but I can still wish, can't I? Cheers, Will Cheers, Will

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By: obxgrlinva
7/25/2008 8:09 PM

Thanks for posting these, I love looking at these old pictures!:banana:

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By: OcracokeFan
7/26/2008 12:31 AM

I officially nominate RoanokeIs as the OBC member of the year! Her pictures are awesome. Thanks for taking the time to post these awesome pictures for us. I agree with Will, I wish I had experienced the OBX like that. I first went in 1973, at 6 months of age.

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By: obxcape
7/26/2008 1:21 AM

Some of you may remember this house in South Nags Head. It was later lost to the sea. Bob Benson owned it and he was quite the character. Wonder what ever became of him??? The photo came from the Outer Banks History Center and was taken by well known resident Foster Scott in the late 70s.
Melodie, Isn't this home now located across the road in South Nags Head, on the road that runs parallel to the beach road in that area? I think it's Old Oregon Inlet Road South or something like that....There is one that looks just like it over there and I was thinking that maybe the one in your photo may have been relocated quite some time ago. Just wondering...the shape of the house always fascinated me for some reason...maybe because it's so strange looking.

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By: roanokeis
7/26/2008 1:40 AM

OcracokeFan...hee hee...are you by biggest fan?:shy: Thanks for your nice comment. I am so happy that you enjoy the photos. I enjoy them too and history is meant to be shared and discussed. Will provides a great place for that. How are things in Peru??? Hope you and your family are doing well. obxcape, I will have to drive down and see. I had always heard it fell in. I did go in the house, back in the 70s, and it was a mistake. I did not stay long so I do not remember what it looked like inside. Is the house on the oceanfront? Thanks for this piece of info!

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By: hoi toide
7/26/2008 3:01 AM

If i remember correctly the "other" dome or round-ish house down that way is or was owned by "Steve The Dream." If he still DJ's at Kelly's then he must be around somewhere. I'll check the files. Now there's a Vintage Pic that would tickle my funny bone, Steve all greased up in his '50's look for a show. I wonder if Kelly ever takes pics of gigs at his place?

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By: roanokeis
7/26/2008 3:05 AM

The first time I heard Steve the Dream he was spinning records on the first floor of the Nags Header. Gosh that place was something. Steve and a dance floor was downstairs (very low ceilings) and then upstairs there was another area with a band and dance floor. Trapper had it going on then. The last time I heard from Trapper was on the phone at Sam and Omies. He always called to check in with folks. I am still going to take a ride down that way. I bet Uncle Jack remembers Bob Benson and his geodome.

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By: obxcape
7/26/2008 11:29 AM

[I]obxcape, I will have to drive down and see. I had always heard it fell in. I did go in the house, back in the 70s, and it was a mistake. I did not stay long so I do not remember what it looked like inside. Is the house on the oceanfront? Thanks for this piece of info![/I] Melodie, Here are some photos of the home I was thinking about. It's actualy on S. Colony South Drive. According to the tax records, it is owned by a "Williams" family going as far back as 1999:



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By: OBXFISHNUT
7/26/2008 4:23 PM

Always enjoy seeing pics from long ago so nice to see what it looked like then .I live on the outer banks and cant imagine it being that way, even as long as 25 yrs ago they say it wasnt built up as much as it is now, thanks for the pics.

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By: StephVA
8/5/2008 1:07 AM

[I]obxcape, I will have to drive down and see. I had always heard it fell in. I did go in the house, back in the 70s, and it was a mistake. I did not stay long so I do not remember what it looked like inside. Is the house on the oceanfront? Thanks for this piece of info![/I]
Melodie, Here are some photos of the home I was thinking about. It's actualy on S. Colony South Drive. According to the tax records, it is owned by a "Williams" family going as far back as 1999: That the house I was guessing you were talking about Joe. It's down south just before McCall Street. I love Melody's old photos. I'm so glad she's part of our connection family.

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By: 1poolshark
1/2/2010 4:04 AM

The Manor cottage court at 6321 S. Virginia Dare Trail started life as the El Gay Court & Restaurant. It changed to the El Gay Manor, then Manor. The Mermaid was their restaurant, located directly across from the court. Eddie & Irene Burrus operated this place. Thanks so much for the pic, I've never seen the restaurant building before.

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By: vintageart
1/2/2010 3:53 PM

I second the motion to make Melody OBC member of the year. Also, just to add a word on the strange house, it is a geodesic dome and back in the 70's, hey, man, like long hair and bell bottom days, it was the coolest thing to purchase one as a kit and put it together in some strange location. Here would be the strangest.

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By: roanokeis
1/2/2010 4:01 PM

Here is a story on the house. Laura and Bob divorced many moons ago and Laura has lived in Wanchese ever since. Don't know where Bob wound up. Wish I could find the article about the house falling in the ocean. That's what I remember. This is published in Sports Illustrated in 1969. August 11, 1969 [B]A Well-rounded Way To Live[/B] Pamela Knight [URL="Click to follow link..."]Click to follow link..." class="img-responsive" />[/URL][URL="Click to follow link..."]Click to follow link..." class="img-responsive" />[/URL] [URL="javascript:CNN_openPopup('/vault/edb/reader.html?magID=SI&issueDate=19690811&mode=reader_vault','Reader','width=800,height=600,directories=no,location=no,status=no,scrollbars=no,resizable=yes,menubar=no,toolbar=no')"]Click to follow link..." class="img-responsive" />[/URL] [URL="Click to follow link..."]Click to follow link..." class="img-responsive" /> PRINT[/URL] [URL="Click to follow link..."]Click to follow link..." class="img-responsive" /> EMAIL[/URL] [URL="Click to follow link..."]Click to follow link..." class="img-responsive" /> MOST POPULAR[/URL] [URL="Click to follow link..."]Click to follow link..." class="img-responsive" /> SHARE[/URL] Bob and Laura Benson live in four geodesic domes in [URL="Click to follow link..."]Nags Head[/URL], N.C.—a sort of outer-space touch in a down-to-earth neighborhood. The domes took shape one by one in a sudden space-age way: in the morning there was nothing but sand dunes and sea oats. By evening, a full-fledged dome—60 triangular space frames—had been neatly bolted together. Joints between the Douglas fir plywood triangles were weatherproofed by calking and then covered with tape. Finally painted a brilliant white inside and out, the four domes now flash in the sun. One is the Bensons' living room, kitchen and utility room, one is the master bedroom and bath, and the third is partitioned into two guest rooms with baths. The fourth is Bob Benson's studio. For Bob and Laura Benson the choice of the Outer Banks for a vacation house is a good one—there is plenty of surfing, fishing and hunting for wild duck and brant. Laura Benson is the daughter of [URL="Click to follow link..."]Pete Bostwick[/URL], considered the best amateur rider and polo player this country has ever produced. Her brother Pete is the world champion court tennis player. Bob Benson, who played football at Duke, gave up the idea of a career in professional football to become a painter. At Duke he played with [URL="Click to follow link..."]Sonny Jurgensen[/URL], now of the Redskins, who says that the pro game lost a very good defensive end to the art world. The Benson house did not come from an architect's drawing board. A geodesic dome is prefabricated, and the assembly plans put it simply enough: "It is a geometrical joining of materials in such a fashion that it covers a maximum area with a minimum of materials and has the highest strength rating per weight of any structure ever conceived by man." The man who conceived this remarkable structure is the widely known [URL="Click to follow link..."]R. Buckminster Fuller[/URL]. [URL="Click to follow link..."]Fuller[/URL] is not an architect but a designer dedicated to the future forms of our environment. He has been trying to revolutionize our lifestyle since 1927, when he devised the Dymaxion House (dymaxion = dynamics/maximum efficiency), a prefabricated, scientifically planned dwelling that could be erected in a day. The Bensons' dome home is a mathematical progression from [URL="Click to follow link..."]Fuller[/URL]'s Dymaxion House, and of all his designs it is the geodesic dome that has really caught the public fancy. Currently, at least five companies manufacture wooden versions of the domes in the [URL="Click to follow link..."]U.S.[/URL] The Bensons bought theirs from Geodesic Domes, Inc. of [URL="Click to follow link..."]Pittsburgh[/URL], N.Y. Each dome cost $2,600 and measures 1,100 square feet, 39 feet in diameter and 16 feet 6� inches high at the highest point. Ten skylights come with the package, but windows, doors and insulation materials are extra. After the four domes were lighted, heated, air conditioned and insulated, the Bensons calculated that their house had cost about $13 a square foot. Next, 10,000 beach grass plants were needed to shore up the dunes—but the Bensons say they can plant 1,000 in two hours, which must be some sort of record. With domes sprouting up all over the country, it is difficult to estimate how many are actually lived in. Zoning restrictions often make life hard for the would-be dome dweller. Even the Bensons, who have the courage of their convictions, admit to a feeling of self-consciousness among the Outer Bankers' neat frame houses. A sign at the bottom of the Benson driveway announces: "Warning! [URL="Click to follow link..."]U.S.[/URL] Electrovisual Services. Do Not Enter." It's a ploy to give the whole thing that space project air.

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