Beach Carousel Motel

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The modernist designed Beach Carousel Motel in the city of Virginia Beach was open for business by the summer of 1968.  It is located on Pacific Avenue, a major north-south thoroughfare through the oceanfront resort area, two blocks west of the beach and facing Lake Holly.  Its location on Pacific Avenue with a parcel dominated by both a large surface parking lot and a swimming pool in front of the motel, and its floorplan, which includes both two-room suites with kitchenettes and standard motel rooms, are both representative of important trends in the hospitality industry in the 1960s in the Virginia Beach oceanfront area.  The motel was developed by Jack and Jeanne Osmond and Chriss and Miverene Yoder, both local couples involved in area real estate development and construction industries.  Chriss Yoder, as a general contractor, built numerous motels in the Virginia Beach resort area in the 1960s, but the Beach Carousel was the first that he both owned and built.  His son, Robert Yoder, designed the Beach Carousel when he was just 16 years old.  The Carousel is the type of stripped down Midcentury Modern motel that sprang up along Atlantic and Pacific Avenues in the resort area in the mid-1960s—a now rare survivor from this period.  The Beach Carousel Motel is listed in the Registers under the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort Motels and Hotels MPD.

Last Updated: March 21, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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