The Motel in America

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JHU Press, Apr 1, 2002 - Architecture - 387 pages
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In the second volume of the acclaimed "Gas, Food, Lodging" trilogy, authors John Jakle, Keith Sculle, and Jefferson Rogers take an informative, entertaining, and comprehensive look at the history of the motel. From the introduction of roadside tent camps and motor cabins in the 1910s to the wonderfully kitschy motels of the 1950s that line older roads and today's comfortable but anonymous chains that lure drivers off the interstate, Americans and their cars have found places to stay on their travels. Motels were more than just places to sleep, however. They were the places where many Americans saw their first color television, used their first coffee maker, and walked on their first shag carpet.

Illustrated with more than 230 photographs, postcards, maps, and drawings, The Motel in America details the development of the motel as a commercial enterprise, its imaginative architectural expressions, and its evolution within the place-product-packaging concept along America's highways. As an integral part of America's landscape and culture, the motel finally receives the in-depth attention it deserves.


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John A. Jakle is an emeritus professor of geography and landscape architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a coauthor, with Keith A. Sculle, of five books related to automobile culture in America, including Lots of Parking and Fast Food.

Keith A. Sculle is the head of research and education at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. He is a coathor, with John A. Jakle, of five books related to automobile culture in America, including Lots of Parking and Fast Food.

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