Duck Architecture

On a recent trip to Port Aransas I enjoyed some roadside “duck architecture” as we called it when I attended urban planning graduate school in New Jersey.  “Duck architecture” was named for The Big Duck built in 1931 on Long Island.   Duck architecture had its heyday in the 1920’s through 1940’s.  The purpose of these oversize structures was to catch the attention of passing motorists.  Here are a few pictures from Port Aransas, a beachside community about three hours drive from San Antonio.


Shark outside gift shop

Moby dick's

Moby Dick’s restaurant


Lighthouse outside gift shop

For more information on “duck architecture” with lots of pictures of structures:

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