Palace Amusements was a historical indoor amusement park in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was built in 1888 and expanded several times over its history; but after a worsening economic situation in both Asbury and the country in the mid-1980s, it went out of business in 1988.

Palace Amusements
Previously known as Palace Merry-Go-Round
Palace Amusements in 1997
LocationAsbury Park, NJ
OpenedAugust 17, 1888 (1888-08-17)
ClosedNovember 27, 1988 (1988-11-27)
OwnerErnest Schnitzler (1888–1920)
August Williams (1920–1939)
Edward Lange & Zimel Resnick (1939–1986)
Sam & Henry Vaccaro (1986–1988)
ThemeIndoor amusement park
Area0.9 acres (0.36 ha)
Roller coasters1
Water rides1
Palace Amusements is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Palace Amusements
LocationAsbury Park, New Jersey
Coordinates40°13′4″N 74°0′12.76″W / 40.21778°N 74.0035444°W / 40.21778; -74.0035444
BuiltJune 1888 (1888-06)
Built byErnest Schnitzler
ArchitectErnest Schnitzler
William B. Stout
Architectural styleLate Victorian
DemolishedMay 26, 2004 (2004-05-26)
NRHP reference No.00001406[1]
NJRHP No.3705[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 22, 2000 (2000-11-22)
Designated NJRHPOctober 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)

Several efforts were made to save the structure, including its hand-carved carousel, murals and decorations, but in 2004, after an independent structural inspection, the building was deemed unsafe (it had already been damaged in several areas) and was ordered demolished. A local grassroots organization was able to save several pieces from the building, including the famed Tillie mural.[3][4]

Bruce Springsteen edit

The Palace is mentioned in 1974 Bruce Springsteen hit "Born to Run" in the lines "Beyond the Palace, hemi-powered drones / Scream down the boulevard".[5][6]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (PDF). National Park Service. Department of the Interior. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "Palace Amusements Building (ID#3705)" (PDF). New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Monmouth County. NJ DEP Historic Preservation Office. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 6, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Karen DeMasters (April 2, 2004). "Asbury Park Building Will Vanish, but Its Grin Will Remain". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2023.
  4. ^ "Weird NJ remembers forgotten faces of Palace Amusements, Asbury Park". Asbury Park Press. March 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "'Springsteen' Park Said Historic". Associated Press. October 19, 2000. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  6. ^ Jordan, Chris. "Palace Amusements and Tillie rise from the grave". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved February 26, 2021.

External links edit

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