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Philly photographer Mark Havens spent 10 years quickly documenting the retro motels of the New Jersey shore town before most of them met the wrecking ball. He spoke to Curbed Philly about documenting the iconic Googie architecture of Wildwood.

Photos that Capture New Jersey's Doo-Wop Motels, After the Tourists of Summer Have Gone

Photos that Capture New Jersey's Doo-Wop Motels, After the Tourists of Summer Have Gone

Tahiti Motel | Wildwood, New Jersey. (I so love the idea of a tiki motel in New Jersey.)

Tahiti Motel | Wildwood, New Jersey. (I so love the idea of a tiki motel in New Jersey.)

Out in California, they call it "Googie" or "Populuxe." On the east coast (specifically the Wildwoods of NJ) they call it "Doo Wop."

Out in California, they call it "Googie" or "Populuxe." On the east coast (specifically the Wildwoods of NJ) they call it "Doo Wop."

Caribbean Motel | Wildwood, NJ | Est. 1957   This groovy little motel is the hallmark of Doo Wop design (a mid-century architectural style that popped up on the Jersey shore in the 1950s). Nearly sixty years later, its technicolor interiors and old-fashioned boardwalk recall a nostalgic time gone by. From $89; caribbeanmotel.com

Caribbean Motel | Wildwood, NJ | Est. 1957 This groovy little motel is the hallmark of Doo Wop design (a mid-century architectural style that popped up on the Jersey shore in the 1950s). Nearly sixty years later, its technicolor interiors and old-fashioned boardwalk recall a nostalgic time gone by. From $89; caribbeanmotel.com

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