Eric Goode and the Turtle Conservancy Southern California by

Issue 87 · Into the Wild · August 26, 2013

Eric Goode and the Turtle Conservancy Southern California

Issue 87 · Into the Wild · August 26, 2013

Ever since he received a Greek tortoise for his sixth birthday, Eric Goode—the driving force behind some of NY's most famous nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels; Area, B Bar & Grill and the Bowery Hotel included—has been obsessed with turtles. In 2005, after witnessing the decline and disappearance of many species native to his home state of California, he established the Turtle Conservancy on the grounds of his own house in Southern California, a property he had owned for 20 years. Serving as an assurance colony for over 25 species of turtles and tortoises, the Turtle Conservancy has become a safe haven for more than 600 turtles. To learn more about Goode's enterprise, go to the Turtle Conservancy.

Photography by Miye McCullough for Remodelista.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: Goode's Spanish Mission-style home was built in the 1920s.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: The porch outside the upstairs bedroom has a bamboo roof. Turtle shells are displayed on the bench while a whale's vertebra serves as a sculptural side table.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: Vintage garden furniture for lounging under the old oak tree.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: Another building on the property is used as the quarantine and nursery for hatching baby turtles. The vintage cabinet is from a doctor's office, with a Philip Taaffe painting of snakes above.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: An assortment of curiosities in one of the work areas.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: A display of turtle shells from different species sits on the fireplace mantel.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: Artifacts from the natural world and vintage furniture in the office of the Turtle Conservancy.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: A collection of painted rocks.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: The stucco hacienda retains its original charm.

Eric Goode in Ojai, California, Remodelista

Above: Vintage linens dry in the sun.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 5, 2011.



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