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Out of Season : The Vanishing Architecture of the Wildwoods
by Mark Havens and Jamer Hunt and Joseph Giovannini


Overview - Wildwood, New Jersey: thanks to a combination of economics, geography, and chance, this Jersey Shore vacation spot has, for more than four decades, been home to a wealth of immaculately preserved midcentury motels. These jewels of neon and bright colors remained frozen in time until recently; now, a substantial number have been demolished and many that remain face an uncertain future.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Wildwood, New Jersey: thanks to a combination of economics, geography, and chance, this Jersey Shore vacation spot has, for more than four decades, been home to a wealth of immaculately preserved midcentury motels. These jewels of neon and bright colors remained frozen in time until recently; now, a substantial number have been demolished and many that remain face an uncertain future. Determined to preserve them, photographer Mark Havens has captured their unique style over 10 years, sometimes shooting motel facades while workers were demolishing the backs. With essays by Joseph Giovannini and Jamer Hunt and evocative photographs, "Out of Season" celebrates the architecture of a bygone era of Jersey Shore summers."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781861543783
  • ISBN-10: 1861543786
  • Publisher: Booth-Clibborn Editions
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 224


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Books > Architecture > Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Books > Architecture > History - Contemporary (1945 -)
Books > Architecture > Regional

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-07-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Ten years in the making, this photo collection by Havens showcases the motels of Wildwood, a barrier island at the tip of southern New Jersey, whose main adversary is not the rising sea but changing taste as the tony traditionalism of its oceanfront neighbors continues to sweep away the middle-class modernism that is its great but undervalued trademark. This lonely East Coast enclave of the futurist style known locally as “Doo Wop” and more broadly as Googie has attracted increased preservation attention over the last few decades. The island is a Jetsons-like case of forward-looking design rendered cheaply, with such vulgar materials as Flagcrete and Astroturf wielded with great imagination. The photos offer details large and small: not simply obvious icons such as neon signs but close shots of roof and window composition, and studious attention to the often socializing-oriented courtyard or pool-focused motel designs. The book is in some sense a catalogue of kitsch, but with much of its subject imperiled, it serves as a call for preservation as well. Color photos. (Sept.)

 
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