Lucy The Elephant Getting Extreme Makeover

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Rich Helfant, Executive Director: Save Lucy Committee.

On September 20th, Lucy will disappear behind weatherproof scaffolding and not be visible to visitors for approximately 9 months.

The Save Lucy Committee is about to embark on the largest restoration effort of the famous National Historic Landmark since she was saved from the wrecking ball in 1970.

Lucy’s entire metal skin surface is going to be replaced with all new metal. More than 50% of her skin has deteriorated beyond repair.

After careful analysis by Lucy’s restoration team, replacing her metal skin would be more cost effective than trying to remove the 50 years of paint and rust.

“This is an enormous financial undertaking” said Richard Helfant, Executive Director of the Save Lucy Committee. “We’re so fortunate to have been awarded a grant from the Preserve NJ Preservation Fund administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust.

The cost of this project is estimated to be $1.4 million.

Additional funds have been applied for from the National Park Service. The balance of funding will be raised by donations and fund raising campaigns.

Tax deductible donations made online at

Or mail to: The Save Lucy Committee, Inc.
1 Lucy Plaza
9200 Atlantic Ave.
Margate, NJ 08402

The last day to tour Lucy will be Sunday, Sept19, from 10a to 5p.

On Monday, Sept 20, the historic landmark will close to the public.

The target date to re-open Lucy is Memorial Day weekend of 2022.

Lucy’s Gift Shop will remain OPEN during this project.

Lucy’s schedule thru Labor Day.

  • Monday thru Saturday: 10am to 8pm
  • Sundays: 10am to 5pm
  • Labor Day Monday: 10am to 5pm.

Beginning Tues, Sept 7 thru end of October:

  • Mon thru Fri: 11a to 4p
  • Weekends: 10a to 5p.

For more info, contact Lucy the Elephant

Richard Helfant, Executive Director/C.E.O.
[email protected]

Commissioner Amodeo & Margate Homeowners Association
Commissioner Amodeo & Margate Homeowners Association

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