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Some years ago a book was published, Learning From Las Vegas, in which the architecture along the ever famous strip was discussed, dissected, and photographed. Perhaps there was a picture of a hot dog stand shaped like a hot dog or a restaurant shaped like a tepee. As is shown in this recent volume by Joan Marie Arbogast one needn't go to Las Vegas to see odd or funny or strange, certainly attention getting buildings. Some of the architecture featured in Arbogast's book is called 'mimetic architecture' because the buildings mimic other objects, a duck, a dog or an elephant. Lucy, the Margate Elephant in New Jersey, was built in 1881. Lucy has a main room somewhat smaller than a two-car garage and car size ears. We find structures by imaginative builders who sought to capture motorists with eye-catching gas stations, one shaped like a teapot another like a gigantic gas can. There are motels in the shapes of wigwams and river boats, and restaurants built like milk bottles, watermelons, and castles. 'Buildings in Disguise' is an entertaining trip through American offbeat architecture, yesterday and today. - Gail Cooke