Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard's Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant

A loving tribute to American roadside and advertising architecture from a lifelong enthusiast with a unique collection of photography.

With a focus on vernacular roadside architecture built between 1920 and the late 1960s, Road Trip is a time capsule of an extraordinary era and its roadside buildings, restaurants, gas stations, motels, and places of amusement, most of which are now long since gone.

About The Author

Richard Longstreth is a professor at George Washington University, where he directs the program in historic preservation, and is the author of numerous books and articles.

  • Publish Date: March 28, 2017
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Category: Architecture - Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • Pages: 208
  • US Price: $12.98
  • CDN Price: $16.98
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3292-9


"Armed with a Nikon F, the architectural historian [Richard Longstreth] shot them all, coast-to-coast, on Kodachrome film for slides, through the 1970s and into the mid-1980s. The 200 images in his book are rich in color - and in nostalgia and wonder that will beckon readers of all ages."
-Architects and Artisans

"From hamburger joints to drive-ins, this is an entertaining and, in its own way, sad trip down memory's blacktop lane." 
-The Chicago Tribune

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