Mark Havens, assistant professor of industrial design, has released a new book of photography celebrating the iconic mid-century architecture of Wildwood motels, Philadelphia magazine reported Aug. 25.
In his book, Out of Season: The Vanishing Architecture of the Wildwoods, Havens chronicled the fast-disappearing examples of colorful, kitschy and whimsical design at the Jersey shore.
In addition to its architectural significance, Wildwood exemplified the aspirational vacation dreams of many families, Havens told the magazine. “You know, you could actually go on vacation, you had a little bit of disposable income and these places — you just have to look at the titles. I mean they were so aspirational, you know what I mean? The Waikiki or the Kona Kai or the Isle of Capri. You know, any of these places where the family from South Jersey (where I’m from) or from the Philadelphia area never would have been able to afford to take the family to the real place. They could afford to spend a week on the Astroturf around the pool at the Bel Air.”
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