John Margolies
John Margolies is an author, photographer, and lecturer on American commercial architecture and design. In the past twenty-five years he has explored the highways and byways of the USA in search of unique and typical examples of roadside, main street, and resort architecture.
Books: See the USA: The Art of the American Travel Brochure (Chronicle Books, 2000). Fun Along the Road: American Tourist Attractions, (Bulfinch Press, 1998). Hitting the Road: The Art of the American Road Map (Chronicle Books, l996). Home Away From Home: Motels in America (Bulfinch Press, l995). Pump and Circumstance: Glory Days of the Gas Station (Bulfinch Press, l993). Signs of Our Time (Abbeville Press, l993). Ticket to Paradise: American Movie Theaters and How We Had Fun (Bulfinch Press, l99l). Miniature Golf (Abbeville Press, l987). The End of the Road: Vanishing Highway Architecture in America (Viking-Penguin, l98l). Resorts of the Catskills (St. Martin's Press, l979).

Mr. Margolies has published his photographs and articles in such magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Esquire, Domus, Historic Preservation, and Architectural Record.

EXHIBITIONS: Museums, Galleries, and Television
"Seaside Madness," The Building Centre Trust, London, UK (2001). Guest curator of the exhibition, "See the USA: Automobile Travel and the American Landscape," National Building Museum, Washington, DC (1999-2000). "Ticket to Paradise: Movie Theaters," The Building Centre Trust, London, UK (1996); National Building Museum, Washington, D.C. (l995); School of Architecture, University of Arkansas (l994); Fort Wayne, IN, Museum of Art (l993); the Stamford, CT, Museum and Nature Center (l99l); and 24th New York Film Festival, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC (l986). "Atlantic Coast Resorts: Bar Harbor to Key West": VA Beach, Virginia, Museum of Modern Art (l988); and Daniel Wolf Gallery, NYC (l986). "Miniature Golf": The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY (1983). "The End of the Road": originated by the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (1981), and circulated to museums throughout the United States from 1982 to 1984. "Resorts of the Catskills": Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NYC (1980). "Morris Lapidus: Architecture of Joy," The Architectural League, NY (1970). "Highway Hangouts," three two-hour television specials about roadside architecture, design and social history, The History Channel and the A & E network, 1997, 2001 and 2002.
Mr. Margolies has performed and lectured before national conferences, civic organizations, historical societies, and museum audiences. He has delivered lectures and conducted seminars at major colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, England, and Scotland, and he has taught at the Universities of California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the California Institute of the Arts, and Pratt Institute.
Mr. Margolies's projects have been funded by federal, state, and private sources, including: The National Endowment for the Arts, the Wyeth Endowment for American Art, and the Howard Gilman Foundation. In 1978 he received a fellowship in architectural criticism from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and in 2003 he was named the Josephine Patterson Albright Fellow of the Alicia Patterson Foundation (in photojournalism).