Boardwalk Casino - 24x36 Plexiglass

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Boardwalk Casino - 24x36 Plexiglass

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Boardwalk Casino 2006
Asbury Park, NJ


Original. 36"x24" museum quality 1/8" Gallery Plexi with Sintra back, aluminum brace, mounting bracket, & Certificate of Authenticity.

 

Built in 1930, Asbury Park’s Boardwalk Casino complex served as a southern bookend to the north ends’ similarly styled Convention Hall. The Casino also featured an arena, an arcade, and a carousel. By the 1950’s the arena had beenmodified to include a skating rink - roller in the summer and ice in the winter.

Despite popular belief, the building did not feature gambling but derived it’s name from the pre 18th century definition of the Italian word “casino” meaning “summer house” or “pavilion designed for pleasure.”

In 1987 the arcade connecting Asbury Park and Ocean Grove was closed on both ends after a storm threatened the structural integrity of the window wall on the north end. Boardwalkers were forced to walk around the building. In 1990 the carousel was sold to an amusement park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The arcade re-opened in 2005 and nets were slung from the ceiling to protect passersby from falling debris. After years of neglect significant damage had occured to the arena’s roof. In 2007 the arena portion of the complex was demolished, leaving only the arcade, casino, and empty carousel house to remain. Though plans to rebuild the arena were posted on bulletin boards along the boardwalk, as of yet they have not been realized.

The carousel house was renovated and has since been used for many purposes including theater in the round, farmer’s markets, and wedding ceremonies.

 

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