Palace of Depression

Built during the Great Depression, the Palace of Depression in Vineland, NJ, was intended as an antidote, a way to show “how a man and wife could rise above” the social climate of the times. George Daynor and his wife Florence lived in a car and hunted local wildlife for food for three years while they drained the swamp on which they built their Palace out of mud and junk. Daynor conducted guided tours for thirty years. In a sad echo of the last entry, Daynor died penniless in 1964 and his Palace was destroyed by fire soon after.

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