Walking Tour of Historic Hotels | 2 CEU
Saturday, September 30 | 10am
Montauk, NY

AIA Peconic invites Members, Allied Members, and guests to explore Montauk through the eyes of an architect. Montauk, affectionately referred to as “The End”, is the most eastern village on the South Fork of Long Island. Famous for its beaches, trails, fishing, and its stunning landscape, it has been a destination for travelers for generations. The oceanfront was mostly undeveloped after World War II with just a few lodging options in the area. By 1960, there were more than 70 and the oceanfront was a seemingly nonstop string of resort options. This walking tour explores the rich display of architectural styles among the motels in the charming tourist destination. In addition, discussion about the development of a historic rural resort community will be fostered. The walking tour is curated by Andrew Caracciolo. Following the tour, we will enjoy a luncheon mixer hosted by Balthaup.

Space is limited.  Advanced registration encouraged.

$12 AIA Peconic Members
$22 Nonmembers




A tour of the fantastic Post World War II nostalgic roadside lodging. Of course  Montauk due to its geographic location is by its nature a destination town. The walkable beachfront downtown area surrounding the traffic circle is chock full of eye-catching architecture as signage buildings awash with tchotch-ke laden motifs which transcend generational changes of the patrons.

We start our exploration at the heart of the traffic circle at Alimentari, the original spot of the pancake breakfast house and our first view of the pre-world war II Montauk tower building.

From there we move onto the FKA Ronjo Resort Motel NKA The Montauk Beach House with its rich tiki motif and sculptures. We move onto the “The bird on the roof” (Dante’s) Albatross Motel originally connected to the “A” frame building across the street with a supersized albatross silhouette painting on the roof. Our walk continues to the west end entrance of town and pass by the classic “Pizza Village” opened in 1957. We then view the “Smiley Face Motel” with its winking smiley face wishing you well as you leave town and enjoy its playful repetitive butterfly roof.As we walk back to center the of town we see the Memory Motel made famous by the Rolling stones song of the same name and we end our tour with a close up of the “The Tower at Montauk” an anomaly office building built by Carl Fisher in 1927 and re-purposed as a residences in 1986.


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