a house shaped like an elephant
Photo: Chris Sanfino
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Lucy the Elephant

Margate, NJ

James Vincent de Paul Lafferty, Jr., the original owner of this pachyderm-shaped pad, thought his whimsical design might lure property buyers to his nearby land holdings back in the 1880s. Nicknamed "Lucy", the elephant never really did attract people to Lafferty's real estate, but it remains an attraction some 130 years later. Constructed using wood and metal, Lucy stands 65 feet high, weighs around 90 tons, and can be seen with the naked eye from up to eight miles away. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the building has served as a residence and as a tavern in the past. The place currently owned by the city of Margate, where visitors can climb up the stairs in the hind leg for a tour and to take in views from the howdah on the elephant's back.
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