Lucy the Elephant Howdah Repairs

In 2006, a lightning strike damaged the howdah atop Lucy the Elephant. Keast & Hood was engaged to repair damage to the roof framing.

Built in 1881 as a seaside folly by contractor James Lafferty, Jr., Lucy the Elephant was a private home, a tavern, and a rooming house before being donated to the City of Margate in 1970. On a clear day, the six-story, 90-ton structure can be seen for eight miles along the New Jersey coast. The landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now serves as a museum and historic site.

The upper portion of the howdah was removed for repairs; however, once the howdah was lowered, extensive corrosion was discovered within the steel framing below the wood trim. The roof framing was completely replaced with galvanized steel, including the lower portion of the howdah structure. In 2007, the howdah was lifted atop Lucy’s back once again and reanchored to the steel framing below the roof.

In 2006, a lightning strike damaged the howdah atop Lucy the Elephant. Keast & Hood was engaged to repair damage to the roof framing.

Built in 1881 as a seaside folly by contractor James Lafferty, Jr., Lucy the Elephant was a private home, a tavern, and a rooming house before being donated to the City of Margate in 1970. On a clear day, the six-story, 90-ton structure can be seen for eight miles along the New Jersey coast. The landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now serves as a museum and historic site.

The upper portion of the howdah was removed for repairs; however, once the howdah was lowered, extensive corrosion was discovered within the steel framing below the wood trim. The roof framing was completely replaced with galvanized steel, including the lower portion of the howdah structure. In 2007, the howdah was lifted atop Lucy’s back once again and reanchored to the steel framing below the roof.

CLIENT: Westfield Architects & Preservation Consultants
LOCATION: Margate, NJ

TYPE: Cultural, Historic, Residential, Special, SERVICES: Damage Assessment, Historic Preservation, Restoration, MATERIALS: Steel, Wood, Other, SUSTAINABILITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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