The mission of the Doo Wop Preservation League is to foster awareness and appreciation for the Wildwoods' rich history and heritage as a mid-20th century American beach resort, and to encourage the preservation and promotion of the resort's cultural artifacts from the 1950s and 60s, particularly the large surviving collection of colorful and quirky "Doo Wop Motels" and other mid-century commercial architecture that gives the resort it's unique character today.

The ultimate goal of the league is to encourage continued economic development and growth of the tourism industry in the Wildwoods through the promotion of these unique historic assets, and to encourage the adoption of a resort-wide theme and visual motif that plays off the spirit of the 1950s/60s period, including the restoration of classic period motels along with complementary new development.



8/30/2013 - Wildwood works hard to stay tacky (Newsworks)

7/27/2013 - Back to the days of Frankie and Annette and the Astronaut Motel (Deseret News)

Architectural Wonders of the United States

Preservation Magazine:

Can the economy save the Wildwoods' Doo Wop Motels?

Press of Atlantic City:

Businesses becoming fans of Wildwood's doo-wop style

New York Post:

Motel Madness - Saving the Mid-Century Wildwoods (5/19/09)

The Irish Independent:

Doo Wop delights of the Jersey shore

Knoxville News Sentinel:

Jersey Shore area preserves vibe of feel-good era

Quo Vadis Newspaper: (Middlesex County College)

Wildwood - Jersey Shore Doo Wop Heaven

Washington Post:
The '50s and '60s Thrive in Retro Doo-Wop Motels (6/24/07)

American Profile Magazine:

Doo-Wop Revival

American Way Magazine:
Back Inn Style (1/1/06)

Budget Travel Magazine:

The motel gets its groove back



Doo Wop Preservation League
P.O. Box 1703
Wildwood-by-the-Sea, NJ 08260
Phone: 609-523-1958
Fax: 609-523-1583

Press Inquiries:
DWPL Press Room
Phone: 609-523-1958

Dan MacElrevey, DWPL President
Mike D'Angelo, Website Manager


The Doo Wop Preservation League now maintains an online archive of high-resolution photographs of Doo Wop motels and other landmarks throughout the Wildwoods for use in press materials upon request.

To gain access to our photo library, please contact the DWPL Press Room at 609-523-1958 or send your request to You will be provided with a login and password to access the library.

Access Photo Library
(login/password required)