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This site first published on April 18, 2016.
Remembering The Woods Original Russian River Resort and Hexagon House
Logo adopted by the resort for all their advertising.
We know there are many of you out there who search the internet for information regarding the original Woods Resort and the Hexagon House to no avail. One good reason for your futile seaches might have to due with the fact that while everyone was having so much fun, no one bothered to record the events for posterity! Well, don't fret, that's where we come in!
My name is Michael Mayer, and my partner (spouse), Carl Bruno, was one of the three owners who began creating the dream at the end of Armstrong Woods Road in Guerneville, California in 1978. Carl is old-school, which loosely translates into him not being all that computer savvy. Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to bring all of this information together. Naturally, Carl will be providing the scrapbooks and, of course, his vivid rememberances. Here we will offer up all the information that is still available from the original owners and originators of The Woods.
What Really Happened To The Hexagon House?
The hexagon shaped pad circled at lower right in
the image below appears to be the original hexagonal dance floor of the
famously gay resort in Guerneville called The Woods. The eclectic Hexagon House (building) that stood over the dance floor was designed and built by Gordon Herr in 1949 as part of an artist community called Pond Farm.
Herr, an architect
and his writer wife, Jane, used Hexagon House as the central classroom building as a classroom for students participating in Pond
Farm summer programs. The main hexagon building was flanked by cabins for student housing. Gordon Herr lost the property in the late 1950s after the death of his wife
and having lost interst in the project. The Hexagon House became the restaurant part of a popular resort of the same name under new ownership. In addition to the hexagon shaped flagstone
floor, it appears that the c.1960s motel building still stands on the
site (the L-shaped building next to the pool in the photo).
After the addition of wood flooring over the flagstone, the great room in the Hexagon House, a former fine dining restaurant, suddenly became a world class disco dance floor.
Have a look at a collection of Carl Bruno's old photos from The Woods Russian River Resort! These are sure to bring back some memories... See The Woods Photo Page to view the entire collection.
View the Hexagon House Resort Original Brochure
Hexagon House Resort Brochure.PDF
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