August 28, 2014

Asbury Park, New Jersey


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.





Only the shell remains of the Asbury Park Casino.


The old heating plant.


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


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

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