Motels of Wildwood: Postwar to Present

Jackson Betz

Available January 2022


This architectural diary tells the story of the incredible concentration of midcentury modern motels of Wildwood, New Jersey, from their origin in the Doo Wop decade of Elvis Presley to their whereabouts today. Not many people know that it was local contractors, not architects, who created this trove of asymmetrical,
neon-encrusted motels with swooping rooflines and pink pylons, meant to attract vacationing families. This book chronicles their architectural significance and preserves memories of what many of these cheerful, flamboyant buildings looked like before
they were demolished by developers, depriving motel neighborhoods of the chance to become landmarked historic districts. In addition to over 200
photos, many never before published, maps pinpoint the location of the
motels, some long gone and others stops on today’s architecture tours.

Size: 10" x 8" | 224 color and b/w images | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764362934

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Jackson Betz has been photographing the Wildwoods mid-century architecture since childhood. He later researched this community in-depth as an architecture student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also played glockenspiel (a smaller, more portable xylophone) in the Penn Band. Jackson lives in Philadelphia.