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The architecture of America s roadside lodging from its beginning to the interstate era. (Text)

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  • This dissertation will examine the physical and architectural evolution of roadside lodging in America. It will trace the development of motorists overnight accommodations from the beginning of automobile travel to the Interstate Highway era. Structures published in builder s and trade journals will be compared with the coverage roadside lodging received in architectural periodicals. This study will explore the conflicting building practices of applying ornament to conventional solid buildings and expressing or articulating a building s structural system in place of traditional applied ornament. The construction of accommodations began with the erection of platforms and frameworks at tent camps where auto travellers could camp. As this facility took on a more permanent nature, the cabin camp emerged. With the emphasis on camping replaced by the need for efficient, economical roadside lodging, the tourist court took form during the Depression era. In the post World War II era, the motel, combining the amenities of the hotel with the efficiencies of the tourist court, became the accommodation of choice on an increasingly decentralized landscape. As roadside lodgings grew in size and offered the traveller more amenities, their design became more sophisticated as well. The evolution of these facilities will be examined against a backdrop of the changing American landscape which provided the setting for these structures and in turn, influenced their architecture
  • 2006-08-11
  • English
  • ksl:etd-1058799342
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