Bill Wesnousky’s journey was born from a happenstance viewing of a Moss tent image in a 1980 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. On that day, 36-years ago, Wesnousky experienced his first "Bill Moss moment.” He was inspired by the beauty of the Moss tent with its curvilinear lines and its sense of romance and adventure. Almost instantaneously, Bill decided to build a tent resort using a Moss design, and would spend the rest of his life, to date, determined to do so despite many setbacks.
Unaware of Moss’ prodigious past in 1980, Wesnousky promptly purchased the Moss Tent he had recently observed and proceeded to build a resort prototype, which ultimately had to be dismantled. However, this was no exercise in futility. Wesnousky exposed a fundamental flaw in the design, triggering a fundamental revision from a cotton covering to a more permanent structure. Thus ensued a long series of land planning and financial setbacks as Wesnousky sought to build a lavish luxury tent resort inspired by Moss' intrinsic creativity.
In 1999, Wesnousky flew to Phoenix, Arizona to meet Sandy Moss, Bill Moss' third wife and widow. It was at this time, when Wesnousky experienced his second Bill Moss moment as he viewed the tiny cotton model, which Moss had designed, but never built. Wesnousky was enamored and subsequently acquired it. But his approach to this exalted tent concept differed from his mentor's remarkable creations. Whereas Moss' designs were focused on portability, Wesnousky was interested in permanency. He promptly sought out the services of fabric architect and structural engineer, Craig Huntington, to help facilitate this fundamental upheaval.
Shortly after work on the redesign began, Wesnousky was pleasantly surprised when he received an article in the mail, titled "Tent Gospel", featuring the model he had recently obtained, and recounting the time when Moss was commissioned to build a temporary church in San Francisco. Wesnousky swiftly instructed Huntington to ensure the integrity of the of the original design was preserved, by maintaining the illustrious cathedral qualities of the original model. Moss had always considered himself first and foremost, an artist, and his tents were habitable sculptures. Wesnousky was determined to maintain an element of spirituality, while creating a livable, sculptural work of art; a contemporary “Life in a Picasso,” a “Tent from cloud nine.” He became, in essence, Moss’ disciple.
Wesnousky's ability to consistently recover from repeated loss and disappointment as he foraged the path to a new luxury lifestyle offering, in accordance with his ability to steadily identify the silver linings in the face of adversity, is a testament to his character. True grit is a virtue rare among entrepreneurs facing more than three decades of resistance, yet Wesnousky is the epitome of the word.
In 2010, Wesnousky consulted a local businessman and was advised to forgo developing land and instead, focus on selling his design to private property owners. A new strategy was born. While working to revive and renew his relationships with suppliers and manufacturers, Wesnousky partnered with distinguished glass design genius, Mehrdad Ravan. Ravan, President of Global Architectural Systems, created the innovative, frameless window and pivot panel design which ultimately elevated FABRIQ Pavilion to regal status as the final finishing touches were achieved.
So now, 36-years after viewing the original Moss tent in a magazine, Wesnousky is prepared to unveil the elite architectural collaboration between the original designer and late, legendary Bill Moss, and the FABRIQ Pavilion design team. Wesnousky believes the unique combination of spirituality, nature, structural perfection, and artistic awe, will instill a "dream come true" type quality for those fortunate enough to experience the magic of the FABRIQ Pavilion. He also believes, ” if Bill Moss is up there watching right now, he would be really proud.”
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