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11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Doo Wop Motels

Year Listed: 2006
Location: New Jersey
Threat: Development

Lollipop
The Lollipop Motel in Wildwood, NJ, is one of the Doo Wop Motels listed on the 11 Most Endangered List in 2006.

Credit: Adrian Scott Fine

 

Significance

Families have been vacationing at the Jersey Shore for more than a century and the Wildwood Doo Wop motels have been a popular beach destination since their construction from 1956 to 1970. The Doo Wop district offered families an affordable but seemingly exotic vacation spot with the motels' far-out designs and names like Tahiti, Caribbean and Starluxe. Though vacationers still flock to the Wildwoods today, more than 100 of the Doo Wop motels have fallen to the wrecking ball – two dozen in the last two years alone – as larger, generic condominium buildings replace them.