Folk Architecture Tour 1.0 – Bellingham to Houston | 2.0 – Denver to Brooklyn


“Any town or city is always in a state of flux, its physical and social fabric transforming with shifts in demography and economy. This transformation, at the cusp of the forces of globalization, is happening in a more widespread and rapid manner, moving too fast to allow adaptation and therefore encouraging a direct grafting of an alien built environment into an ill-fitting context.”

“Modern Architecture has been anything but permissive: Architects have preferred to change the existing environment rather than enhance what is there.”

  • Learning from Las Vegas; The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form
  • Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Steven Izenour, 1977

“The American roadside today is more than a cacophony of the aesthetic howlings of competing enterprises – it is a visual museum containing dozens of exhibitions that mirror swings in the national mood.”

  • Main Street to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architecture
  • Chester H. Liebs, 1985

“Art-architecture is the quintessential gesture of consumer culture, a commodity made for a passive customer… They can serve as intimations of the variety and range of human landscape in the United States, reminders that it cannot be explained by a single theory, accounted for by a single history, or controlled by a single profession or a single vision. It is our common property and we are the better for that.”

  • Architecture in the United States
  • Dell Upton, 1998



  • Arbogast, Joan Marie. Buildings in Disguise Architecture That Looks Like Animals, Food, and Other Things. New York: Boyds Mills, 2004.
  • Brenzoni, Caterina Gemma, and Susan Brown McGreevy. Vernacular Visionaries International Outsider Art. New York: Yale UP, 2003.
  • Butko, Brian, and Sarah Butko. Roadside Attractions Cool Cafés, Souvenir Stands, Route 66 Relics, & Other Road Trip Fun. New York: Stackpole Books, 2007.
  • Butko, Brian. Roadside Giants. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2005.
  • Encyclopedia of American Folk Art. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • Friedman, Jan. Eccentric America: The Bradt Guide To All That’s Weird And Wacky In The USA. Chalfont St. Peter, England: Bradt Travel Guides Ltd., 2001.
  • Georges, Rip, and Jim Heimann. California Crazy: Roadside Vernacular Architecture. Chronicle Books: San Francisco, 1980.
  • Heimann, Jim. California Crazy and Beyond Roadside Vernacular Architecture. New York: Chronicle Books, 2001.
  • Hess, Alan. Googie Redux Ultramodern Roadside Architecture. New York: Chronicle Books, 2004.
  • Jennings, Jan. Roadside America: The Automobile In Design And Culture. Ames, Iowa: Published by Iowa State UP for the Society for Commercial Archeology, 1990.
  • Jensen, Jamie. Road Trip USA: California And The Southwest. Grand Rapids: Avalon Travel, 2000.
  • Jensen, Jamie. Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures On America’s Two-Lane Highways. 5th ed. Avalon Travel, 2009.
  • Kirby, Doug. New Roadside America: The Modern Traveler’s Guide To The Wild And Wonderful World Of America’s Tourist Attractions. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
  • Knight, Leonard, and Holly Metz. Salvation Mountain: The Art of Leonard Knight. New York: New Leaf (CA), 1998.
  • Langley Sommer, Robin. Amercia’s Heartland. New York: Barnes & noble books, 2002.
  • Liebs, Chester H. Main Street to Miracle Mile : American Roadside Architecture. Boston: Little, Brown, 1985.
  • Maizels, John. Raw Creation Outsider Art And Beyond. London: Phaidon Limited, 1996.
  • Manley, Roger. Self-Made Worlds Visionary Folk Art Environments. New York: Aperture, 1997.
  • Paiva, Troy. Lost America: The Abandoned Roadside West. St. Paul, Minn: MBI Pub. Co., 2003.
  • Peterson, Eric. Roadside Americana. Lincolnwood, Ill.: Publications International, 2008.
  • Rhodes, Colin. Outsider Art Spontaneous Alternatives. New York, N.Y: Thames & Hudson, 2000.
  • Roadtripping USA. 3rd ed. Let’s Go Publications, 2009.
  • Schultz, Patricia. 1,000 Places To See In The U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die. Boston: Workman Company, 2007.
  • Umberger, Leslie. Sublime Spaces And Visionary Worlds Built Environments Of Vernacular Artists. New York: Princeton Architectural, 2007.
  • Upton, Dell. Architecture In The United States. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998. Print.
  • Venturi, Robert. Complexity And Contradiction In Architecture. New York: Museum of Modern Art, distributed by New York Graphic Society, 1977.
  • Venturi, Robert, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. Learning From Las Vegas; The Forgotten Symbolism Of Architectural Form. Cambridge, Mass: MIT, 1977.
  • Von Schaewen, Deidi, and Angelika Taschen. Eccentric Style. Köln: Taschen, 2002.
  • Von Schaewen, Deidi. Fantasy Worlds. Köln: Taschen, 1999.