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Crest Kitchenette Motel and Blue Marlin Lodge Listed in Virginia Landmarks Register :: Articles – Metropolis of Virginia Seaside


​Two Sixties midcentury fashionable Virginia Seaside motels have been listed within the Virginia Landmarks Register. The Virginia Board of Historic Assets voted to approve the nominations for the Crest Kitchenette Motel and the Blue Marlin Lodge at its Sept. 16 assembly. Each buildings had been nominated below the Virginia Seaside Oceanfront Resort Motels and Accommodations (1955-1970) A number of Property Doc (MPD) that was permitted in 2021 by the Virginia Division of Historic Assets and the Nationwide Park Service. The Jefferson Manor Motel Flats is the historic property that was first acknowledged with the MPD. The MPD established the historic context and assertion of significance for this constructing sort.

The Crest Kitchenette Motel, which immediately operates because the Cutty Sark Motel and Efficiencies, is positioned at Atlantic Avenue and 37th Road. It was designed in 1963 by William “Invoice” Alderman, an area architect who designed a number of oceanfront motels throughout that period, together with the Jefferson Manor Motel Flats. William Winner constructed and operated the Crest Kitchenette for 10 years. The Modernist-style, three-story, four-bay concrete block constructing faces the ocean. The attention-catching facade is staggered with the 2 middle bays projecting barely past the top bays. There are 11 models with personal balconies which make up the majority of the facade. Uncovered, prestressed concrete beams comprise each ceiling and flooring assist within the balconies. Melvin and Jimmie Koch bought the constructing in 1977 and Mrs. Koch nonetheless actively operates the motel, which has modified little or no from the unique design.

The Blue Marlin Lodge, positioned on the east facet of Pacific Avenue between 24th and 25th streets, at present operates because the Blue Marlin Inn & Suites. It was designed by Alderman in 1965 for Dr. and Mrs. John Anderson.  Dr. Anderson had his dental workplace on the property, and it was integrated into the design of the motel by Alderman. Upon its completion in 1965, the Blue Marlin Lodge housed 10 effectivity models, three commonplace motel rooms, and a motel workplace. Subsequent house owners transformed the dental and motel places of work into 5 visitor room models on the first-floor stage. In 1977, a second flooring was constructed above the one-story wing, bringing the visitor room complete to 19. Alderman’s authentic design is unbroken with its character-defining two-story visitor room wing, open concrete stairs, walkway, and balcony with distinctive X-shaped braces, metallic display screen railing, honeycomb-patterned concrete tiles cladding the south finish exterior wall, and a piece of the unique folded-plate roof.

Kristin Kirchen of Iron Canine Preservation
ready the Crest Kitchenette nomination. Debra McClane, Architectural Historian,
developed the nomination for the Blue Marlin. Kirchen and McClane are the
authors of the Oceanfront Resort Motels MPD. Funding for the nominations was
offered by the Metropolis of Virginia Seaside thorough the Historic Preservation
Fee. The nominations shall be forwarded to the Nationwide Park Service for itemizing
consideration within the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations.

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