Bakersfield Built: An Earthquake, High School Teacher, and Pipeline for Architects

Sixty years ago, a California road trip was very different than it is today. In the days before freeways, Airbnb, and navigation software, a family vacation likely included a stop at a roadside motel. Hundreds of these “mom and pop” establishments popped up along the freeway in places like Fresno and Bakersfield, offering a clean space, a swimming pool, and maybe even something exotic like a faux Polynesian Tiki-themed cocktail lounge. Flashing neon signs and space age architecture were designed to attract the attention of a moving car and attract new customers

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