1997 – Wildwood, NJ: Fins, Family Fun, and the Fabulous ’50s

1997 – Wildwood, NJ: Fins, Family Fun, and the Fabulous ’50s

Located between flashy Atlantic City and Victorian Cape May, the towns collectively called the Wildwoods are known for their open beaches, great rides, and flamboyant motels. Beginning in the 1950s, the Wildwoods saw a decade of unprecedented growth, with motels adapting the style of the time now referred to as Populuxe, Googie, or Doo-Wop.

SCA’s conference balanced the fun of the resort with thoughtful analysis.

Conference Presentations

The Search for a Usable Past: Retrieving, Re-using and Re-creating History
Gail Hayman Cohen, Manager Main Street WildwoodThe Wildwoods Then and Now: An American Original
Elan Zingman-Leith, co-author with his wife of The Secret Life of Victorian Houses and Creating Authentic Victorian Living RoomsPopuluxe
Thomas Hine, author of Populuxe

Commercialuxe: The Doo-Wop Style in Wildwood
B. Michael Zuckerman, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts

Disney’s Boardwalk: The Wisdom of Wildwood?
Ron Moody, Correspondent, The Wildwood Leader

The SCA Tourist: In Search of an Automobile Resort’s Golden Age
Daniel Vieyra, Kent State UniversityMain Street: The Changing Face of Downtown
Barbara Swanda, Director, Main Street New JerseyLearning from the Wildwoods: Looking Back to Move Forward
Steven Izenour, partner, Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, co-author of Learning from Las Vegas and White Towers

Googie Preserved: Restoring the Past’s Future
Alan Hess, author of Googie and Viva Las Vegas

Dialing for Doo-Wop Dollars: Cultural and Heritage Tourism as an Economic Development Tool
Dane Wells, The Queen Victoria, Cape May, N.J.