Lucy the Elephant is the world’s largest elephant and the only one in America that has received the title of National Historic Landmark. To get it all clear, Lucy is a six-story elephant-shaped building located along the beach in Josephine Harron Park in Margate, New Jersey.
It was built in 1881 by the real estate developer James Lafferty, and over the time it served as a hotel, restaurant, office, cottage and as a tavern, until one day when some drunks almost burned her down.
This 65 feet building cost $25,000 to $38,000. It is 18 feet wide, weighs 90 tons and it was made of nearly one million pieces of wood. It features 22 windows and its construction required 200 kegs of nails, 4 tons of bolts and iron bars and 12,000 square feet of tin to protect the outside.