2018 Lecture Series: On the Road—Gas Food and Lodging, Virginia’s Auto Age Architecture and its Preservation
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
2501 Monument Avenue
Lecture 6:00- 7:00 p.m. | Reception to follow 7:00- 8:00 p.m.
On the Road—Gas Food and Lodging, Virginia’s Auto Age Architecture and its Preservation
From tourist camping in Bryan Park in the early 20th century to the diners, gas stations and Googie-infused burger joints of the mid-century period, Virginia, and the Richmond region, still features some great architecture built to serve automobile culture. Many of these buildings are fragile or ephemeral, but hardcore fans have gone to great lengths to preserve examples and celebrate these great American icons of Auto Age. The talk will feature historic background of roadside architecture and show successful examples of buildings reborn in their historic appearance.
Marc Wagner, Architectural Historian, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Photo Description: The Richmond Belle Diner, located just north of Azelea Avenue on Route 1 and was demolished in the 1960’s. A copyright free image.