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Ordinary Buildings of the Automobile Age
Michael Allen

The buildings that Route 66 built—diners, gas stations, motels, car lots, and strip malls—were once exotic, but now they define the American experience. Michael Allen, director and architectural historian of the Preservation Research Office, will examine the way in which roadside architecture evolved in the era of the Mother Road, from the original novelty and visual delight to the later standardization of building types. Far from being insignificant, the “ordinary” buildings that dot American roadsides today shape our daily experiences in profound ways.

When: Thursday, July 13 2017 at 7:00 pm
Where: Lee Auditorium
How Much:Free
Exhibit(s): Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis
Brochure: last kicks on route 66.pdf
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