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Doo Wop Motels: Architectural Treasures of The Wildwoods
Some people might protest any link between the words "architectural treasures" and Wildwood, New Jersey, but this sassy pictorial has won us over. During the '50s and '60s, the sweeping angles, bright colors, jet-glass walls, and, of course, plastic palm trees of the "Doo Wop" style of architecture blossomed in Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. And who can forget the extreme py ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 11th 2007 by Stackpole Books
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I read this while at my parents' house. My summers growing up were spent visiting relatives in Wildwood, and I used to love the old hotels we drove by on the island. I never realized they were unique to the area, of course ~ they were just part of the whole summer experience for me, part of the appeal. Though it's sad to know many of them have been lost or destroyed, I'm glad to know there are some being preserved now, as that era is definitely a part of history which I'd hate to see lost for go ...more
May 15, 2009 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars
A very good, solid local history that is a strong reference point for greater concepts of preservation. Also, as a native New Jerseyian and a preservationist who has not visited the Wildwoods since its full-sale cultural slaughter: totally and completely crushing. Thanks for the memories, nothing else is left.