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Two historic properties in NJ make the 2011 Historic Hotels of America list!

March 18, 2011

a guest post by Michael Hirsch, PNJ member and Board Member, Wildwood’s Doo Wop Preservation League.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s Historic Hotels of America program has listed two New Jersey properties for 2011, including the first motel ever to make the list. The Caribbean Motel in Wildwood Crest joins the ranks of over 235 lodging establishments recognized by the Historic Hotels of America Association for their commitment to preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.  This prestigious designation will further encourage preservation of the Doo Wop motels of the Wildwoods and the culture of the 1950’s and ‘60’s that these kitschy beach motels symbolize to so many people.

To be selected for this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance.

Cape May County now has two properties listed; in addition to the Caribbean Motel, The Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May was also selected for inclusion in 2011. The Chalfonte Hotel and the Caribbean Motel are ideal examples of the diversity encompassed in this list and in New Jersey’s historic resources: The Chalfonte was built in 1876, and because of its location south of the Mason-Dixon Line, honors its Confederate past with southern-style hospitality. The Caribbean Motel was built in 1957 and features the very first plastic-palm tree in The Wildwoods, a helical -cantilevered ramp, and angled-jalousie windows.

(CHECK IT OUT: Want to see the Caribbean Motel up close and personal? Join PNJ for our upcoming Doo Wop Mid-Century Marvel experience!)

For more information on the Historic Hotels of America Association, visit their website. Next time your planning a vacation, remember to check out Historic Hotels of America for lodging with a “sense of place!”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. peter primavera permalink
    June 2, 2011 5:19 pm

    I believe there is a grammatical error at the beginning of the post about the two historic motels. There are plenty of motels on the National Register, but just two in NJ. I am sure that is what was intended

    • Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, PNJ Programs Director permalink*
      June 7, 2011 3:18 pm

      Peter- Please clarify your concern. This post celebrates the Caribbean Motel’s selection as the first motel ever to be included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America program. This is in addition to the Caribbean’s previous inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, as such designation is a precursor for inclusion in the Historic Hotels of America program.

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