There’s a great mod building at the top of Topanga Canyon that looks like a church. Was it once a nudist camp?


    Modernism + bare necessities? Clearly this was something I had to investigate in person. Alas, aside from one senior senorita in a bathing suit, everyone was fully clothed at Top o’ Topanga, a deluxe mobile home park built in 1964. That enormous A-frame looming over the hillside is a clubhouse located next to the pool. Perhaps a little skinny-dipping occurs on triple-digit afternoons (not that I’m starting rumors), but the real nudist colony action happened four miles down the road at Elysium Fields, the famed clothing-optional resort that opened about the same time (and closed in 2000).

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