Our great American imagination
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ANTHONY I think it’s the type of architecture style that you don’t see anymore. I mean everybody now wants to have that clean modern look.
MIKE I like them because they’re funny and they’re unique and they’re, and they’re different.
SUSAN Somebody had a big chicken along the road, I’d probably stop and want to take a tour of it. (laughs)
BILL I like to call them the anti-McDonald’s. You know, they’re not everywhere.
ALICE It’s Americana. Nobody does this.
DOUG And you’d be amazed how many people come through town just to see the Catsup Bottle.
THOMAS It’s different. Anything different catches the eye.
CHICKIE They’re far and few between now.
CHARLIE And this is just part of our great American imagination I guess.
RICK In certain places across the United States, there are buildings in unexpected shapes.
We’re going to celebrate just a few of them -- you couldn’t possibly squeeze them all into one hour – in A PROGRAM ABOUT UNUSUAL BUIILDINGS & OTHER ROADSIDE STUFF. We wanted to concentrate on goofy structures that you can walk into, but then we also found some other stuff that seemed worth mentioning, so we had no rules.
THOMAS It’s that curiosity that we all have.
ALEXIS Cause most of the American buildings are corporate. And they’re just big and ugly and gaudy. And this is something different.
RANDY I think that mainstream architects think of this as the architectural equivalent of junk food. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s still tasty nonetheless.
CUNNINGHAM A Program About Unusual Buildings & Other Roadside Stuff was made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you. Thank you.
RICK So you’ve got to know, we’re not dealing with all unusual buildings, just the wacky ones you sometimes see -- usually along two lane highways -- buildings that are in the shape of something, often something that was being sold there. Places designed to grab your attention.
CRYSTAL People are attracted to different and weird almost things, if you want to call it weird.
BOB I’ve been places where you saw tepee motels and different other things. This is all what they call I believe “roadside architecture.”
JUDY These big things when you drive by them and they totally get your attention, and the people that – if you want to figure out who really appreciates it – as adults, sometimes we forget to do that, but man those kids have it figured out from the time they’re little bitty.
BILL Like when you were a kid, and you know you see a giant dinosaur statue, some part of you is a little bit frightened and most of you is just thrilled, but that tension is nice.
RACHEL And I think people love something that really gives a place a stamp that makes it look different.
ERIC We think big over here, you know. We have ideas and we’re not afraid to try them. Sometimes it works.
NATHAN Or people will stop right there in the road just to take a picture when all the traffic’s coming, and it’s like you can’t stop to take pictures, you know.
ANTHONY To have something that really looks like a real life object is great. And to have it in such an exaggerated proportion really makes it fun to look at.
RUTH And you can’t get more odd and more unique than the Shoe House.