Main Street to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architecture

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JHU Press, 1995 - Architecture - 259 pages

First published in 1985, Chester Liebs' Main Street to Miracle Mile established the twentieth-century roadside landscape as a subject for serious study. Liebs traces the transformation of commercial development as it has moved from centralized main streets, out along the street car lines, to form the "miracle miles" and shopping malls of today. He also explores the evolution of roadside buildings, from supermarkets and motels to automobile showrooms and drive-in theaters. Both an historical survey and invaluable guide for reading highway landscapes, this classic work—which has inspired numerous studies, museum exhibits, and preservation efforts—is now back in print with new commentary by the author.


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Recent books have taken up single facets of American roadside architecture, e.g., J.J.C. Andrews's The Well-Built Elephant and Other Roadside Attractions ( LJ 3/15/84) and Richard Gutman and Elliott ... Read full review


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Chester H. Liebs is professor of history and was founding director of the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Vermont. He has published widely in areas ranging from reading everyday landscapes to the study of heritage transportation corridors. A Fulbright Scholar, his most recent research involves reading the everyday landscape of Japan.

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