The impact of the automobile on American life in the 20th century has many dimensions to it. The development of various commercial architecture that was designed specifically for the automobile can be traced through three different essentials of travel — gas, food and lodging. Mike Jackson is a Springfield Illinois preservation architect and past president of the Society for Commercial Archeology, the national organization that promotes awareness and preservation of roadside treasures. This presentation will look at the early development of highways such as Route 66 and the new forms of architecture of the American roadside.
Mike Jackson, FAIA is a preservation architect in Springfield IL. He was the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer in Illinois from 2009 – 2013, as part of a thirty-one year career with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. In the 1980s, he was the project manager for the restoration of the Dana-Thomas House, a five-million-dollar project that restored the house to its appearance in the early 20th century.
Thursday, February 4
3pm EST | 2pm CST | Noon PST
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