In Memoriam, Our Friend - Rick Mariani
R.I.P. PALACE AMUSEMENTS 1888 to MAY 26, 2004
This site is brought to you by Save Tillie, an all volunteer organization comprised of 1,000 friends of Asbury Park. Founded in July of 1998, our  original  goal  of  saving the Palace's iconic Tillie  image  expanded  in 1999 to an attempt  to save  the  entire  Palace. Under  our leadership, the Palace  won an honored  place on  the  New Jersey  and  National  registers  of  Historic  Places. Demolition of  the Palace in 2004 came over the objections of the National Trust for Historic Preservation,  the Asbury Park Historical Society, Preservation New Jersey, and Save Tillie. In the end, we saved more than 125 internal artifacts  from the  Palace and the Tillie mural from the Cookman Avenue wall, and through  our work the Bumper Car  murels on the  Lake  Avenue facade were also removed to storage.
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July 2014 report:

INDEPENDENT CONSERVATOR SAYS
PALACE AMUSEMENTS ARTIFACTS
ARE IN "FAIRLY STABLE" CONDITION

The 31 surviving artifacts from Asbury Park's historic Palace Amusements are, for the most part, in "fairly stable" condition 10 years after being removed from the National Register of Historic Places amusements arcade and placed into storage.

That was the central finding of Paul Himmelstein, a New York conservator, who inspected the artifacts June 19, 2014 in their three storage locations along Asbury Park's waterfront.

Himmelstein wrote in his inspection report that three large wall murals, painted on stucco-covered cinder blocks and stored in plywood sheds, appear to have survived the  2013  super storm Sandy with little water damage. There  is, he  wrote, some evidence of  paint loss, and the rate of deterioration suggests  the  need for regular inspection.

A series of wooden cutouts, depicting amusement scenes from the Cookman Avenue side of Palace Amusements, appear to have been "soaked" by water from Sandy, causing considerable deterioration, he said. Himmelstein called for removing the artifact to a dry, elevated location.

The inspection of a sign and 26 metal channel letters was cut short owing to an inoperative lighting fixture in a storage area. From what he could see, Himmelstein said the metal items appear rusted, but stable.

Among other recommendations, Himmelstein proposed annual inspections of the artifacts as a way of preventing small issues from growing into larger ones. However, Carrie Turner, general manager of the Madison Asbury Retail development firm, rejected the concept, saying that the developer was opposed to granting "access by right" to the Save Tillie organization, a federally recognized non-profit group which paid for the Himmelstein inspection. By letter, Save Tillie called on Turner to reverse her position.

The inspection came 10 years after Asbury Park's watefront redevelopment firm, Asbury Partners, agreed to preserve and reuse the artifacts in a new building in mitigation for demolishing the 116-year-old amusement arcade at the corner of Cookman Avenue and Kingsley Street.

Click here to read Paul Himmelstein's inspection report.

Click here to read Carrie Turner's letter from Madison Asbury Retail to Save Tillie.

Click here to read Save Tillie's letter to Carrie Turner of Madison Asbury Retail.