Commercial landscape preservation

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sca-500x154pxWe see them along roads almost every day – diners, highways, gas stations, drive-in theaters, bus stations, tourist courts, neon signs, motor courts and many more 20th century commercial resources. The Society for Commercial Archaeology is devoted to preservation of the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs and symbols of the 20th century commercial landscape.

My involvement with the SCA began over a decade ago and brings together my strong interest in commercial landscapes and roadside resources with my love of travel. SCA works to highlight the history and threats to these resources each year with the Falling By the Wayside, a list of commercial resources in need of preservation.

Nominations received for this year’s list illustrate a range of resources from the Lincoln Motor Court in Pennsylvania, to a Log Cabin Grill in Rochester, Minnesota, and the Neon Signs of Colfax Avenue in the cities of Denver, Lakewood and Aurora, Colorado. Even Hawaii made the list, with the Lihue Motor Service Station.

Check out these wonderful resources and more on the SCA webpage to learn more.


Christina Slattery

About the Author

Christina Slattery specializes in historic preservation of transportation and engineering structures. She evaluates the significance of properties ranging from missile defense systems to road corridors, and develops creative mitigation strategies for projects.

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