|The Silver Ship photo credit Mario Lara|
The Silver Ship was designed by Eugene Ray, while I was a student in his Environmental Design Program at San Diego State University. This was his private residence and studio. A core of five students toiled by hand to make this house a reality. We dug the foundations by hand, and hauled all of the materials up from Nautilus street on our backs.
Mario Lara, Jack Houston, Dennis Woodard, Chris Jung and myself all lived (barely) to tell the tale of the building of the silver ship. The following photos are primarily from the archives of Mario Lara, and few are from Eugene. I am posting comments that were made about these images originally posted on facebook.
Mario Lara, David Fobes, Chris Jung, Jack Houston
(where is Dennis?)
I'm sure many of us remember how we had to dig out a flat area on the hill for a conc. foundation and slab by hand using picks and shovels. We built this "wildebeest" structure as a way to direct all the dirt down to the bottom of the hill. Why the City never cited us for improper disposal of dirt remains a mystery.
Chris Jung and Jack Houston hanging overboard the Silver Ship