"The John Margolies archive of photographs of American roadside architecture is acknowledged as the most comprehensive study of this subject extant."

Leanne Mella
Visual Arts Program Specialist
United States Department of State

"This is a forgotten portion of the great American architectural heritage, and John Margolies is perhaps the leading historian in this field.... It is vital for us ... to see America through his eyes."

Philip Johnson, The End of the Road

"Some people are obsessed with collecting Louis XIV furniture, others with beer cans or butterflies. John Margolies is obsessed with the architectural flora and fauna of American main streets, roadsides, movie theaters and resort areas--the exotic, improvisational, outrageous furnishings of the great open spaces. In the process he has helped preserve a portion of our common heritage by documenting thousands of buildings, many of them just months or even days before the bulldozers were to carry them away for good."

Phil Patton, Smithsonian Magazine

"Mr. Margolies, America's premier chronicler of architectural kitsch, is known for books that celebrate the weird delights of miniature golf courses, fading Catskills resorts and dilapidated roadside diners."

Herbert Muschamp, The New York Times

'Yes, call it kitsch if you must,' Margolies snorts, fondling a novelty demitasse cup. 'But I really don't enjoy that word. "Kitsch" was invented by intellectuals--as an excuse for not thinking about something.'"

Bob Ickes, New York Magazine

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