August 28, 2014

Asbury Park, New Jersey

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We recently stopped in to visit the seaside town of Asbury Park, New Jersey!
In its heyday, it ranked up there with Atlantic City for attracting fun-loving tourists.

On its southern end lies a gorgeous, round, copper-turned-patina green building.
Once home to a lively carousel, it now stands quiet and empty.

The Carousel House is of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, 
as is New York City's Grand Central Terminal,
both courtesy of the design team of Whitney Warren & Charles Wetmore.

So, what is Beaux-Arts style?
In French, it means "beautiful arts" or "fine arts."
It's architecture of grandiose proportions, identified by, among other things,
ornate cornices and columns, decorative medallions and grand arches.



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Only the shell remains of the Asbury Park Casino.

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The old heating plant.

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Oh, and I spotted another reminder of the "Glory Days" of Asbury Park...
(well, they'll pass you by...)

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Here's an Asbury Park City Guide pamphlet.
More info at VisitNJ.


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