The storied history of Seaside: Davises talk about building a town together

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 01:08 PM.

"There was an exciting element of not being able to easily get here," said Daryl. "It was helpful, along with the pristine beach."

"Seaside is only a few hours harder to get to than South Hampton and not as crowded and not overdeveloped," Davis chimed in. "If they could get to Hilton Head and its crowded overdevelopment with a change of planes, they could get here."

The Davises knew they had made it when the press started paying more attention and this was a place they wanted to come.

"When the press started crackling, and we started getting on magazine covers, the project began taking on a life of its own. Seaside came to resemble a cult of young, hip people as we had something new and different," said Daryl. "Ten or 15 years went by before we looked up again. It was a good opportunity to be part of something."

The Davises founded their town in 1981. The town has been described by Time magazine as astonishing. Many books and articles have hailed it as the embodiment of the New Urbanism movement, and the Davises have received numerous awards for their vision. The couple currently lives in Seaside about half the year, with the rest spent at their home in San Francisco, with frequent trips to Italy.

"I can't wait to see how the story evolves over the next 30 years," Davis said.


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