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'''Lucy the Elephant''' is a six-story [[elephant]]-shaped architectural ''[[folly]]'' constructed of wood and tin sheeting in [[1882]] by [[James V. Lafferty]] in [[Margate City, New Jersey]], two miles (3.2 km) south of [[Atlantic City, New Jersey|Atlantic City]], in an effort to sell real estate and attract tourism.
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[[Image:800px-Lucy_the_Elephant.jpg|thumb|The best laid plans of mice and men . . .]]
 
   
The idea of an animal-shaped building was innovative, and in [[1882]] the U.S. Patent Office granted Lafferty a patent giving him the exclusive right to make, use or sell animal-shaped buildings for seventeen years. Lucy is the oldest example of zoomorphic architecture, and the largest elephant in the world.
 
   
Lafferty, in fact, constructed several elephant-shaped buildings. The first was built at South Atlantic City, which later changed its name to Margate. This structure, whose original name is unknown, eventually was dubbed "Lucy the Elephant". She stood 65 feet (19.7 m) high, 60 feet (18.3 m) long, and 18 feet (5.5 m) wide, weighed about 90 tons, and was made of nearly one million pieces of wood. She was sold to new owners in [[1887]]. The second to be built, the ''Elephantine Colossus'', also known as the ''Elephant Hotel'' was built at [[Coney Island]] [[amusement park]] in [[Brooklyn]], [[New York]]. It was 12 stories (122 feet, 37.2 m) tall, with legs 60 feet in circumference. It held a cigar store in one leg and a dioramic display in another, hotel rooms within the elephant proper, and an observation area at the top with panoramic sea views. The Elephantine Colossus was destroyed by fire in [[1896]]. The third, officially the ''Light of Asia'', but dubbed ''Old Dumbo'' by locals, was built at [[Cape May, New Jersey|Cape May]] in [[1884]]. It was later torn down: only Lucy survived into the next century.
 
   
Over the years, Lucy had served as a restaurant, business office, cottage, hotel, and tavern (the latter closed by [[Prohibition]]), but had fallen into disrepair by the [[1960s]] and was scheduled for demolition. She was moved and refurbished as a result of a "Save Lucy" campaign in [[1970]] and received designation as a [[national historic landmark]] in [[1976]].
 
   
==See also==
 
*[[Tillie]] - another colorful icon of the Jersey Shore
 
*[[Charles Ribart]] - and his plan for the site of the Arc de Triumphe
 
   
==External links==
 
   
*[http://www.lucytheelephant.org/ Lucy the Elephant]
 
   
   
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