Wall, New Jersey: Camp Evans and Marconi Hotel

Marconi's east coast base of trans-Atlantic wireless communication is now a museum, "10 rooms filled with computer, radar, radio and ship wreck exhibits." Futuristic temporary buildings designed by architect Buckminster Fuller are behind the museum.

InfoAge Center

Address:
2201 Marconi Road, Wall, NJ
Directions:
InfoAge. Garden State Parkway south to exit 100 (Route 33 east), Exit ramp will merge with Route 33 east, continue to Route 18 South, follow Route 18 to Exit 7A, Exit jughandle onto Brighton Ave heading north, follow to bottom of hill, turn right onto Marconi Rd, museum is on left.
Hours:
W, Sa, Su 1-5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
732-280-3000
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Camp Evans and Marconi Hotel

I stopped by Camp Evans 4/09/2014 and they were open. The InfoAge Science History Learning Center & Museum hours: Sat: 1 - 5PM, Sun: 1 - 5PM, Wed: 1 - 5PM. Call ahead to verify: 732-280-3000.

There was a lot of site demolition activity in the rear of the compound. Large areas of the parking lot are roped off due to nesting Bald Eagles.

[RGL, 04/12/2014]

Camp Evans.

Camp Evans and Marconi Hotel

Stopped by on Memorial Day and it was closed. It looked like Info Age was still in operation, but things were getting run down. Got some shots over the back fence and the DDUs on the property are pretty overgrown. At least one DDU was collapsing.

As a side note: the parking lot was partially roped off to protect some nesting Bald Eagles in the area, with many warning signs about endangered species protection.

[KRASH, 05/29/2013]

DDUs are "Dymaxion Deployment Units," designed by architect Buckminster Fuller during World War II.

Buckminster Fuller temp buildings.

Camp Evans/Marconi Hotel

This NJ location was originally selected by Guglielmo Marconi as the east coast base of trans-Atlantic wireless communication around 1912. The Federal government seized the property a few years later when it realized its strategic importance for WWI communications. The property ultimately became the military Camp Evans, where many innovations evolved, including early radar systems.

Today a group of preservationists has opened the historic buildings as a part of a museum dedicated to communications history called InfoAge.

Of special interest is a collection of a dozen futuristic buildings designed by architect Buckminster Fuller. Fuller manufactured around 200 DDU's (Dymaxion Deployment Units) during 1940-41, and while most of the circular metal buildings have disappeared, approximately a dozen of them survive at Camp Evans. Preserved mostly through neglect, the buildings originally were linked to Radar research. You can access at least four of the unlocked buildings located in the back of the property.

[Paul McLeod, 03/31/2011]

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