WILDWOOD

Ar­chi­tects: var­i­ous, 1950s

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This re­sort town on Cape May in New Jersey is the undis­puted cap­i­tal of Goo­gie ar­chi­tec­ture on the East Coast, a space-age ar­chi­tec­tural style bet­ter known to lo­cals as Doo Wop. The Wild­woods, the col­lec­tive term for the four com­mu­ni­ties on Wildwood Is­land, was de­vel­oped in the 1950s with mo­tels (in­clud­ing the Yan­kee Clip­per Re­sort Mo­tel, be­low), board­walks, piers, sou­venir shops and gam­ing ar­cades. Like many des­ti­na­tions of the pe­riod, such as Palm Springs and Ni­a­gara Falls, the ar­chi­tec­ture and sig­nage use kitschy themes: tiki, space-age fu­tur­ism, Asian, me­dieval, pi­rate. A more re­cent build­ing boom in the early 2000s has seen bland con­dos re­place many of the mo­tor inns – see them while you can. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.

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