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Wildwood Motels - Lolipop Motel Exterior - Retro Roadmap
The brightly colored doors of the Lollipop Motel

The seaside stretch of the New Jersey shore known collectively as The Wildwoods boasts the highest concentration of Midcentury Modern motels in the world.

Located just north of the Victorian Cape May, these fun and futuristic buildings of the 1950s-1960s reflect an important era in our nation’s history -- the post-WWII decades when family vacations meant piling into the station wagon and heading to the shore on the newly constructed interstate highway system.

While this eye-catching enclave has a great many admirers -- from families who have vacationed here for decades to international travelers looking to experience the authentic history of America -- the threat of development still casts a shadow over the future of these boutique motels, despite their resurgence in popularity.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

State Fairs (as Seen on Instagram)

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 


Udderly fantastic: The famous #buttercow. #iowastatefair #isthisheavennoitsiowa 

For the first time in years, I missed the Iowa State Fair. And this, blog readers, is bumming me out -- in large part because I firmly believe the Iowa State Fair is the best state fair. Yes, other state fairs are out there, but in my eyes, they just can’t compete. The Iowa State Fair has been going strong for 155 years, is home to the world-renowned Butter Cow, and was even the basis for the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical State Fair.

Having grown up in Iowa, I’m probably (definitely) a little biased. But the Fair has always been a magical place for me, something that was both the same and different each year I want. It's a continuum of ever-evolving history and experiences.

So, in a spirit of homesickness and celebration, I’ve compiled a few favorite images for you to enjoy. And to be FAIR (terrible puns are also part of the fair-going experience), I’ve also added a few photos of other state fairs, because they’ve gotta try, right?... Read More →

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Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

[Historic Bars] The Cruise Room in Denver

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn 2 Comments

 

Preservation Nation continues its tour of historic bars as we sashay our way into America’s historic cocktail lounges, the upscale gin joints where high society has sipped sophistication for decades. This week, we explore Denver's Cruise Room.

The circa-1933 Cruise Room boasts intimate booths, a jazzy soundtrack and vintage Art Deco décor.  Credit: iandolphin21, Flickr
The c. 1933 Cruise Room boasts intimate booths, a jazzy soundtrack and vintage Art Deco décor.

Denver’s legendary Cruise Room boasts the title of the city’s oldest bar, opening just one day after Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Located in downtown Denver's oldest hotel, the circa 1891 Oxford, the bar initially made a name for itself by serving martinis and, more recently, upscale cocktails in an Art Deco atmosphere modeled after a lounge on the ocean liner Queen Mary.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[Historic Bars] Carousel Bar & Lounge in New Orleans

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by David Robert Weible 3 Comments

 

Preservation Nation continues its tour of historic bars as we sashay our way into America’s historic cocktail lounges, the upscale gin joints where high society has sipped sophistication for decades. First round (literally): The Carousel Bar & Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Carousel Bar in all its glory. Credit: Dan Silvers, Flickr
The Carousel Bar in all its glory

The history of the Carousel is inextricably linked to the hotel in which it sits: the Hotel Monteleone, a Historic Hotels of America member in New Orleans’ French Quarter.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Historic Bars] Prost! in Portland, Oregon

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by Lauren Walser

 

PreservationNation continues its historic bars series with America’s takes on the beer-brewing bodegas that originally sprouted in the Fatherland. Today's last stop for this particular theme: Portland, Oregon.

The c. 1894 building at 4237 N. Mississippi Avenue had been boarded up and vacant for years before its restoration. Credit: Prost!
The c. 1894 building at 4237 N. Mississippi Avenue had been boarded up and vacant for years before its restoration.

It was the old-world, rustic charm that attracted restaurant owner Dan Hart to the modest, 120-year-old building on a street corner in Portland, Oregon’s historic Mississippi neighborhood.

But it’s the authentic German fare and liters upon liters of German beer that, today, draw thirsty Portlanders to Prost!, a friendly neighborhood beer garden.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.