National Geographic : 2004 Aug
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback JERSEY SHORE We Love Lucy Six stories high, with portholes for eyes and a spiral staircase in each hind leg, the elephant shaped building known as Lucy has towered over Margate City, New Jersey, since 1881. A real estate developer built Lucy to lure customers by offering them pachyderm-top views of land for sale. Since then the structure, modeled after an Asian elephant, has served as a home, tavern, and-as seen here in 1932-a privately owned tourist curiosity. In 1970 Lucy was relocated to a nearby park, and a long restoration began. Today the elephant-the interior painted its original "gastric pink"-is open for tours. "You know," says architect Margaret West field, who helped make the old elephant look new, "Lucy is actually a male." We know: Female Asian elephants don't have the big tusks. -Margaret G. Zackowitz WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE You can access the Flash back photo archives and send electronic greeting cards at nationalgeographic .com/magazine/0408. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358)IS PUBUSHED MONTHLY BYTHE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 114517THSTNW,WASHINGTON, DC20036-4688.$34.00A YEARFORU.S.DELIVERY, $6.00PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING). PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILINGOFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESS CHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POBOX63002,TAMPA, FL33663-3002. INCANADA, AGREEMENT NUMBER 40063649,RETURN UNDEUVERABLE CANADIAN ADDRESSESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POBOX4412STN.ATORONTO, ONTARIO M5W3W2.