Doo Wop Architecture in Wildwood, NJ


The Doo Wop style of design in archtecture began in the early years of the 1950s while America was experiencing a dramatic cultural shift that defined the start of a new era. During this time American families were beginning to experience a brand new life filled with new opportunities. As cars became affordable families began taking to the open road for the summer to explore different places during vacations. Suddenly new services like drive-in theaters, affordable motels, and diners started popping up alongside the highways. These new destinations were being built during a time when American teenagers were dancing to the new musical sounds of rock n’ roll while the whole country was excitedly advancing into the Space Age. As the cultural climate grew more optimistic, the American people continued looking towards the future prosperity of the country. You can see every one of these influences throughout all of the mid-century’s futuristic looking architecture that still exists today throughout Wildwood!

Doo Wop Architecture is widely celebrated in Wildwood. It defines the look and feel of this classic American beach town from the neon flashing signs that light up the famous Boardwalk to the boomerang looking angles seen in the structure of the funky motels. As the decades passed by and new construction started to threaten the destruction of old buildings, the community members of Wildwood got together and formed the “Doo Wop Preservation League” to ensure that our historical architecture is preserved for future generations to enjoy.

You’ll notice the Doo Wop style all throughout Wildwood. You can experience the feel of Doo Wop in the delicious burgers and shakes served in the mid-century diners and on a stroll along the Boardwalk. You’ll witness it in the neon flashing signs lining the streets, and in the futuristic design of many of the buildings. As you explore, take notice of the interesting angles and colors used in the construction of the motels including the rounded edges and jutting terraces.

You will feel like you're taking a tour of the 1950s when you stay in one of our Doo Wop motels. These properties are comfortable, clean, funky, and fun. An atmosphere of relaxation is cultivated in all the details throughout the properties. While each property is distinct, you’ll love the modern furniture, decorative modern art, and 1950s colors found within each one.

Riviera Resort & Suites is modern inn with fun futuristic architecture that is heavily influenced by Art Deco design and color. Each room is decorated with modern style furniture, and complete with comfortable beds. They have a well kept swimming pool and a relaxing jacuzzi on site making this a great place for a true relaxation vacation.

Nantucket Inn & Suites is right across the street from all of the excitement happening at the beach and Boardwalk. Their central location puts you close to all the action including Splash Zone Water Park and Morey's Pier. Park your car here during your stay and walk to any of the most popular attractions. Plus, you'll love staying at our cute property. The cozy rooms are clean and come with comfy furniture all for an excellent price. The friendly staff is ready to assist you in making your vacation perfect. A great choice for families of four to six people and couples looking for a fun getaway.

For over 40 years, families from all over the world who have made Wildwood, New Jersey their go to vacation spot have chosen to stay at Stardust Motel for the quality service and great value they provide. This cozy retreat has a fantastic location right across from Morey's Pier and steps away from the relaxing beaches, making this an ideal place to park for the night while enjoying your Wildwood adventures. The traditionally Doo-Wop style of the motel reaches back into their own history as they have evolved with the town. The Stardust Motel specialize in family vacations and romantic getaways for mature couples.


For further informaton on our historic mid century architecture please visit the following link: Doo Wop Preservation League.

Click on the PDF below to download the Guide to Wildwood's Doo-Wop which contaings a self- guided Doo-Wop Walking Tour.