Lucy, the Margate Elephant

Decatur and Atlantic Aves., Margate City, New Jersey

Photos 

Margate Elephant

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

View photos at Library of Congress

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Constructed about 1881 on the Margate waterfront, this seventy-five foot long wood and tin pachyderm is the last survivor of what one historian calls "zoomorphic architecture." Built as an architectural folly to attract home buyers to the area, it has become a favorite in the landscape of seaside New Jersey. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 11, 1976

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 12, 1971
Reference number
71000493
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Elephant
Areas of significance
Art; Architecture; Invention
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Hotel
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1881

Update Log 

  • June 20, 2017: New photos from Michael Miller
  • February 28, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • March 20, 2013: New photos from John Reidy

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