The $2.4 Million Makeover of Lucy the Elephant is Complete, and She is Getting Ready to Make Her Debut.

There was an elephant on Lucy’s back. She’s been polished and refreshed and strengthened, and she’s ready to be displayed later this month.

On December 28 at 5:30 p.m., after a $2.4 million rehabilitation process that took 15 months longer than expected, Lucy the Elephant will be unveiled to the public for the first time.

Due to damage sustained from the Jersey Shore‘s salt air and sand, the National Historic Landmark in Margate has been shuttered and shrouded beneath scaffolding since last September.

Richard Helfant, head of the Save Lucy Committee, said, “It’s been an extraordinarily challenging project for us and has dramatically damaged our traffic at Lucy over the past year and a half.”

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Despite some initial setbacks, the roadside attraction in Atlantic County‘s seaside town has been restored to its former glory thanks to the hard work of the restoration crew.

$2.4 Million Makeover of Lucy the Elephant is Complete

The $1.4 million rehabilitation project ran significantly behind schedule because contractors discovered significantly more rotten wood in Lucy’s frame than they had anticipated due to water leaks.

Lucy’s 8-month makeover ended up taking nearly a year and a half due to supply chain challenges and harsh winter circumstances last year.

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The new exterior of the beloved six-story elephant was put to the test in November when the Margate Fire Department hosed her down to check for leaks. Helfant exclaimed, “We can’t wait for everyone to see how amazing she looks now that our precious Lucy is back to 100%.”

Elephant Bazaar, later renamed Lucy, was built in 1881 out of a wood frame and tin sheeting to advertise properties for sale south of Atlantic City.

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Dan Walsh, a resident of Margate, will perform a song he wrote about an elephant named “Lucy” as part of the unveiling festivities. After then, the Save Lucy Committee promises, Lucy will be revealed in a “spectacular shower of light,” fit for a star.

From now until the end of the year, Lucy will be open daily (except Christmas Day) from 11 am to 4 pm (Monday through Friday) and 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday and Sunday).

The roadside attraction will close at 2:30 pm on December 28 to get ready for her special day.

 

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