Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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The China Seas Motel was located on the oceanfront at 51st Street. Designed to resemble a Chinese “junk” (a commercial fishing boat seen on the rivers of China), the unique building attracted much attention on Coastal Highway.
The motel had been built in 1963 after lower land values following the March Storm of 1962 spurred development in North Ocean City. This was one of the first motels north of 33rd Street. It contained 32 units.
The China Seas was destroyed in an early morning fire on May 8, 1969. The building had not opened for the season and was empty at the time of the fire. The motel was never built and former site is now the location of The Coral Reef and The Worcester House.
Photo from Bunk Mann’s Collection

One comment on “Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

  1. I remember your facts to be right, but am wondering about the photo. Here is an incredibly similar building in a color photo, but not in Ocean City: http://retro.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Motel-Hotel-Exteriors/G0000bqpabMbQP.o/I0000_saBsVJmgWU . Play equipment, street lamps, building distance and height from curb, plantings and signage seem identical, although there are differences near the play enclosure. But maybe there were two of these motels built by the same plans. The aforesaid color photo can’t be Ocean City at that time due to lack of sand dunes, fencing at the beach end of the parking lot and street configuration (parking lot instead of street), I believe. I am interested to know if there are other photos of the old Chinese junk motel, and where the one you have came from.

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