Architects: various, 1950s
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.