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134-5398 Blue Marlin Lodge

Blue Marlin Lodge
Photo credit: Debra McClane, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 09/15/2022

NRHP Listing Date 10/25/2022

NRHP Reference Number MP100008322

Located in the City of Virginia Beach, the Blue Marlin Lodge was built in 1965 and designed by architect William Burton Alderman. The lodge was one of several motels in the oceanfront area of Virginia Beach during the late 1950s and 1960s and is only one of three remaining motels designed by Alderman. The motel’s architectural style is reflective of the Modern Movement and includes such elements as a concrete-based structural system, vertically stacked guest units, open balconies and stairs, and a distinctive roof form. The Blue Marlin was part of the emergent, modern “Florida-style” resort lodging that featured a more informal layout and feeling than the early-twentieth-century cottages that formerly lined the oceanfront.  The Blue Marlin Lodge has been listed in the registers under the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort Motels and Hotels MPD

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

Updated: October 31, 2022