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Tour: Asbury Park

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I've shared with you the highlights of Asbury Park, the convention center and the casino, but there is still more to see!

Despite a lot of new building and restoration, much still lies vacant down along the water but has a certain picturesque charm.

Other than the Atlantic, the big draw to Asbury Park is the nearby Ocean Grove Auditorium and village -a religious retreat. This is a quaint area near downtown which contains a number of restored Victorian houses.

Right across the street from the Convention Center along the boardwalk is the iconic Howard Johnsons, now home to another cafe. I love quirky mid century modern buildings like this. No small town is complete without a proper post office, a white marble beaux-arts beauty at that.

Terra cotta decoration is found off the boardwalk as well.The Romanesque styled Methodist church in town is covered in gorgeous, colorful tiles.Immacutely kept, the church must be much loved by its' congregants.Just a detail of the tiles.Even this …

Bookshelf: fall releases

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A number of exciting books are being released this fall, just in time for cool reading weather and Christmas shopping (too early?) The first book I'll mention, 'Habitually Chic, Creativity at Work' is written AND photographed by my dear friend Heather Clawson, author of the blog Habitually Chic. Heather has shared a number of projects from the book with me and I think everyone will learn something about how to bring a little more chic into their own workplace. We all read the blog, now read the book! 'Mighty Maharajas, Forts & Palaces of India' by Amita Baig and Joginder Singh is an astonishing look at Indian high style through the ages. A large picture book filled with lush photographs, the thing that surprised me most was how Western many of the more recent palaces are. I was most enamored with the older fortresses found early in the book and their exotic detailing. Read an in depth look on pattern within the book featuring many pictures at one of my favorite…

Opportunity: Waddy Wood in Kalorama

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Join the ICAA on a tour, Saturday Sept 15 at 10am, led by author and historian Emily Eig of the residences in Kalorama designed by noted DC architect Waddy Wood. The 2 hour tour will begin with a walk around the neighborhood where specific examples will be discussed and will end at the Woodrow Wilson House where lunch will be served. Details for the tour are on the website. I hope you join in, I'll be there!

Asbury Park: Casino & Carousel

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If you liked Asbury Park's Convention Center, then this will blow your socks off.Anchoring the main boardwalk on the other end from the Convention Center is a complex which includes the 'Casino', the Carousel, and the Old Heating Plant.Also designed by New York Beaux-Arts architects Whitney Warren & Charles Wetmore at the same time period, the complex is currently in flux between restoration efforts.The carousel itself was sadly sold in 1990 but the space would be a great concert venue or outdoor cafe.The details are just amazing. Part of the building on the beach side of the boardwalk has been torn down but plans are in place to possibly rebuild it to hold an indoor food market.This space is similar to the arcade at the Convention Center but obviously needs a bit more work to become fully occupiable.Again, the details all reference the beach location.The interior retains the original polished terrazzo and a lot of really great plasterwork.Hiding renovation of the for…

Asbury Park: Convention Center

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A few weekends ago I visited Asbury Park, NJ with some friends who have a house there. I had always heard of the city from its days as a resort town but wasn't prepared for what I found.

While founded in 1871, the beach town had its heyday in the 1920s when many of the most beautiful buildings in the city were constructed.One of these was the Convention center/ Paramount theater complex which has been the keystone of the rehabilitation in the city.The complex, designed by Warren & Wetmore in a nautically inspired Beaux-arts style, officially opened in 1930 and contained a performance venue, a section of enclosed boardwalk, and large convention center facing the ocean.After having been abandoned for years after riots in 1970 caused the town to decline, the complex was restored and reopened in 2007.The brick building has beautiful glazed terra cotta ornamentation that is as stunning today as in 1930. The themes are suitably nautical and musical.How many colors can you count here…