I think Pappy felt the need for some siesta time. He likes the desert heat and Calexico/Mexicali beer. He bought 4 lots from the Church for $3,000. He built what is now known as the El Rancho Motel. Uncle Bernard, the 4th son, is to run this business. By this time, Uncle Bernard has 6 kids. My dad had built his family home for his 4 kids on TOW in 1949. And his friend, Chris Abel, gave Dick his first independent architect plans. So it only made sense to use these same plans for the new house in Calexico, just had to add additional bed rooms. Well, this quickly became a favorite destination because all the cousins loved playing in the pool.
And does anyone else note? The main lobby, does it not look like a Chris Abel building? How about the extra large mural? Could it be another Mogens Abel beautifully carved piece? Please, give me feedback.